Min­is­ter for Air Miles Hal­li­gan racks up enough travel to cir­cle globe… three times!

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - NEWS - By Jake Hur­furt

MIN­IS­TER for Air Miles John Hal­li­gan has been all over the world since his ap­point­ment to the Gov­ern­ment in May 2016.

His jet-set life has seen him touch down in places such as Brazil, Is­rael and Ja­pan – all on of­fi­cial busi­ness.

The Mail on Sun­day es­ti­mates that he has flown 84,905 miles since be­com­ing Min­is­ter for Train­ing and Skills.

That’s enough to fly around the world more than three times. To rack up the same num­ber of air miles, the con­tro­ver­sial in­de­pen­dent TD would have to have flown to Lon­don and back al­most once a week for the whole time he has been in of­fice.

His lat­est trip – at around 12,000 miles to Thai­land in South­east Asia – has seen Mr Hal­li­gan travel the fur­thest, with his jaunts to Ja­pan and Brazil com­ing a close sec­ond at just over 11,000 miles.

Hope­fully, Mr Hal­li­gan – who is at the cen­tre of a po­lit­i­cal storm over in­ap­pro­pri­ate in­ter­view ques­tions – is not a ner­vous flier.

And even if he is a touch jit­tery, all those air miles from his string of for­eign trips, should net the Water­ford TD flights to some­where very nice in­deed for his sum­mer hol­i­days.

That is if the State doesn’t fund an­other work­ing trip in­stead.

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