Cork City Council spends €50,000 on California trip

Cork City delegation with the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Source: San Francisco – Cork Sister City Program Facebook page

A LOCAL authority spent almost €50,000 sending thirteen councillors and staff to California on a five-night “sister city” trip.

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Politicians trip to Hong Kong and China cost €27,000


Intersection of Yee Wo Street and Hennessy Road at night, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. Photo by Mstyslav Chernov. Source: Wikimedia Commons

MORE than €27,000 was spent sending five politicians and three officials on a week-long trip to China and Hong Kong.

The entire delegation flew business class at a cost of at least €2,712 each and stayed in a string of five-star hotels, most of which were generously paid for by their Chinese hosts.

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Oireachtas travel costs exceed €120,000 over past seven months

By Ken Foxe

TDs and Senators have run up an overseas travel bill of more than €120,000 during the past seven months.

Politicians jetted off to the four corners of the globe clocking up hundreds of thousands of air miles on trips to Iran, Russia, Canada, the United States, and Mozambique.

One senator Ronan Mullen made three expense claims totalling almost €1,800 on three separate one-night trips to France, according to the records, and despite the fact hotels and flights on the trip were paid directly by the Oireachtas.

Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl was away on separate trips to St Petersburg, Helsinki, and Washington DC. His counterpart in the Seanad, Cathaoirleach Denis O’Donovan, jetted off three times to Iran, Georgia, and the USA.

Just over €9,100 was spent on flights to bring five parliamentarians to Iran for a “bi-lateral” visit last October.

Read the expenses document below.