In another republic
Minister engages in excessive expenditure for private jet citing pressures of schedule and lack of commercial options to attend an event. Resulting public outcry causes minister to resign before he is sacked.
It’s France, last month, when the aid minister Alain Joyandet chartered a jet to go a donors conference for Haiti — conveniently located in Martinique. Now it cost somewhat more than Noel Dempsey’s outing but the principle is the same. The apparent difference: Joyandet’s superiors — the President and Prime Minister — have some sense of when gratuitous waste occurred and they got shown up by it. That ain’t Ireland.