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Claims to fame


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.


• 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.

Irish Independent