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Wednesday 23 April 2014

Claims to fame

Dublin

• Fingal councillor Ciaran Byrne (Lab) visited Moroccan city Marrakech for an Airports Council conference at a cost of €1,841.

• Dun Laoghaire councillor Barry Saul (FG) attended a conference on domestic water meters which explained the "implications for consumers and business". Presumably that they would have to pay for water.

• Killian Forde (Lab), pictured, received €2,480 from Dublin City Council to complete a Masters in Business Administration with DCU. After he left the council in April last year, expenses due to him were withheld to recover the cost of the course fees.

• Dublin City also paid €1,495 to Cllr Steve Wrenn (Lab) to cover the costs of a certified mediator training course.

• Just 10 of the 30 councillors in South Dublin spent money on conferences last year.

John Gallagher (Lab) in Dublin City is one of the few councillors not to take any payment.

Leinster

• Kilkenny councillor Mary Hilda Cavanagh (FG) earned €11,777 last year for sitting on the board of her local VEC and a further €22,116 from Waterford Institute of Technology, where she sat on interview boards.

• Cllr Padraig McEvoy (Ind) in Kildare doesn't claim his day-to-day expenses. Instead, the council spends the money on local projects nominated by him.

• It's important that councillors get their message out, which is why Meath councillor Suzanne Jamal (FG) spent €658 attending a conference on public speaking and promotional literature design.

• Newbridge, Co Kildare, is twinned with Ocala, Florida, so independent councillor Paddy Kennedy travelled there for a visit at a cost of €1,815.

• Independent Carlow town councillor Walter Lacey claimed €125 to attend a photography exhibition at the Slovenian embassy in Dublin, which included works by local photographers.

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