They are not leading by example: only three TDs and two senators say they own electric cars, despite the government’s target of having 950,000 of them on Irish roads by 2030.

Some 122 members of the Oireachtas responded to a survey by The Sunday Times last week asking all 218 politicians what kind of car they drive. Even though a €5,000 grant is available to buy an electric vehicle (EV), the proportion of politicians to have done so appears no better than the national average.

Catherine Martin, the Green Party deputy leader, drives a three-year-old Nissan Leaf, while her brother, Vincent P Martin, a Green Party senator, has a secondhand BMW i3.

Robert Troy, a Fianna Fail junior minister, qualified for a grant when he



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