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Cllrs find conferences 'boring'

COUNCIL SPENT €15K ON EXPENSES IN 2010

JOE LEOGUE

Published 26/04/2012 | 09:32

TWO Macroom councillors have admitted they were 'bored' at recent conferences they attended on behalf of the town council.

Members of Macroom Town Council are required to report to the local authority's monthly meetings on any conferences they attend.

Cllr Pat Melia (FF) told this week's meeting that he had attended a conference in the Galway Bay Hotel over the weekend of April 13-15 on 'reform of the water sector in Ireland'. The conference was run by Clonmel-based Kadenza Consultancies.

"It was boring, a lot of it went over my head," he conceded, adding that the weekend-long conference started on the topic of climate change in Ireland before moving on to the 'politics of it' and then concluded with a recap on Sunday, with a question and answer session.

Independent Cllr Connie Foley then told the council that he had attended a conference on strategic planning -a summit he also found ' boring'.

The conference in question was a joint strategic forum on planning matters held in the Park Hotel in Dungarvan, Co Waterford on April 17.

"I hate to use the word boring twice in the same night but it was shocking boring altogether,' Cllr Foley reported the meeting. "Your man put a slide show up on a projector and just read it out for about three hours."

Cllr Foley added that he felt the conference, which analysed planning practice came ' two years too late'.

Last year The Corkman revealed that the Macroom council spent €15,294 on conference fees, travel and subsistence in 2010.

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