The Department of Justice spent over €150,000 chartering a flight for a sole Ghanian failed asylum seeker earlier this year, the Sunday Tribune has learned.
Four years earlier, the department spent over €50,000 deporting a lone Gambian asylum seeker. The cost of flying one Romanian home came to just €1,000 in the same year. In total, the justice department has spent almost €6.5m deporting 1,493 failed asylum seekers over the past five years.
Fine Gael's Immigration and Integration spokesman, Denis Naughten, said deporting individual asylum seekers home at such high costs was "unjustifiable".
This year, €727,197 was spent deporting 95 asylum seekers.