Sunday 26 October 2014

Globetrotter was once the best paid local politician in country

Published 18/07/2014 | 02:30

DARA Murphy is well accustomed to globetrotting.

As Cork City Council Lord Mayor, Mr Murphy clocked up a €15,000 bill travelling the world at the taxpayer's expense.

During his 12 months in the office between 2009 and 2010 the Cork North Central TD visited San Francisco, New York and Shanghai.

He also visited London and Brussels while lord mayor. At the time, the Fine Gael deputy was the best paid local politician receiving €126,000 in payments, allowances and expenses during his time in office.

Mr Murphy was accompanied by his wife Tanya on a number of the foreign jaunts and her travel and accommodations costs were met by the city council.

The former catering business boss was elected to the Dail for the first time in 2011 and is a loyal supporter of Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

He was elected to Cork City Council in 2004 in his second attempt at running for office and was re-elected five years later.

He had a run-in with a constituency colleague in the lead-up to the last general election when he dropped leaflets into a catchment area designated for his running mate.

In Leinster House, he served as chair of the internal Fine Gael committee on European Affairs, Foreign Affairs and Trade. He was also a member of the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade before he was promoted this week.

His love of languages will also aid him in his new role as Minister of State for European Affairs as he speaks French, German and Irish.

Former Fine Gael Taoiseach John Bruton appointed Mr Murphy as his representative on the National Economic and Social Council between 1995 and 1998.

Mr Murphy also has an interest in justice matters and chaired Cork City Council's policing committee.

Irish Independent

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