Embassy credit cards used to pay congestion charge fines, hotel bills, and £2,100 for handmade chocolates

Irish embassy credit cards were used to pay congestion charge fines in London, for the purchase of GB£2,100 worth of handmade chocolates, to pay an Airbnb bill for a Paris apartment of €3,800, and for tens of thousands of euros in hotel costs.

Copies of card statements from some of Ireland’s most high-profile embassies detail how congestion charge penalties of GB£80 were paid on two separate occasions at the Embassy in London.

The U.K. Embassy also paid out more than £2,100 on handmade chocolate from the Kerry-based artisan producer Dingle Chocolates, with a further £827 spent with the same supplier on a later date.