MAYOR of Limerick, Cllr Jim Long, has officially gone green, selecting a low-emission Toyota Prius as his runaround.
The car is one of the perks of the position and it is used to attend official functions, as well as for personal use.
The car has been donated by Brian Geary Motors.
And this year is no different - but instead of getting a gas guzzler, Mayor Long has gone for an environmentally friendly low emissions hybrid motor, which has a petrol and electric engine.
“It is a very economical car. It is donated on an annual basis to the council, so it will move onto the next mayor in June. It is an annual gift to the mayor’s office,” he explained.
Like first citizens in years before him, Mayor Long has decided against getting the traditional Mayor’s number plate, marking the fact he is first citizen.
“No, I did not do this. There is a fee of €800 to take the number one plate,” he said, “Despite what people say, the mayor is not very well paid. So I was not going to spend the bones of €1,000 on this plate. I feel that €1,000 should go to a good cause like a local charity or a local group,” Mayor Long told the Limerick Leader.
Mayor Long’s sucessor will have the use of the new car, following the mayoral election later this month.