Green Party leader and Minister of State for Food and Horticulture Trevor Sargent received his new ministerial car, a Toyota Prius used by former Galway Mayor Niall Ó Brolcháin.
Mr Sargent secured the car in an eBay auction set up for charity, which raised €7,000.
The Toyota Prius is a hybrid car, which has an electric as well as petrol engine.
The proceeds raised from the sale of the car are to be split between 15 Galway charities
He accepted the keys of the car in this morning at Government Buildings.