labour's four-star think-in
Q THE Labour Party is going to hold its annual "think in" for TDs and Senators in another four-star hotel, despite last year's boycotts.
The party was at the centre of controversy last year after it booked the four-star Carton House hotel in Kildare.
The Labour "think in" was boycotted by three of its own senators on the grounds that staying in the luxurious hotel sent out the wrong signal ahead of a cost-cutting budget.
The party has confirmed it is now going with another four-star hotel – the Johnstown House Hotel in Enfeld in Meath – for its think in on September 16-17 before this year's Budget.
It is described on its own website as a "luxurious four-star resort" set on 120 acres of stunning parkland.
A Labour spokesman insisted that the party had chosen the hotel because it was convenient for TDs and senators to access via the motorway network or the train service. "We got a good price, it's accessible and it's on a train line," he said.
The Johnstown House Hotel is significantly cheaper than Carton House in relation to its room rates at present, with a two night stay with breakfast for one person during the "think in" costing €158 compared to €300 in Carton House.