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Updated: 16/03/17 : 06:24:28

Sligo spends €10,000 on three St Patrick's Day trips to US

More than 50 county council representatives are travelling to New York for St Patrick’s Day at a cost of more than €100,000.

The Irish Times reports that representatives from all but four counties will be travelling, with Meath County Council sending the largest delegation of six. It is also sending four to London and said the delegations would “meet members of the Meath diaspora in both cities and attend business meetings”.

Sligo County Council is sending its cathaoirleach Cllr Hubert Keaney along with chief executive Ciarán Hayes and head of enterprise John Reilly at an estimated cost of €10,000.

Leitrim County Council is sending two people and like Donegal County Council which is sending three declined to say how much they were spending on the trips.

Mayo County Council did not respond to the Irish Times survey.

Louth County Council is sending five people to New York at a cost of €8,000, while Carlow County Council is sending four to New York for €8,000 to “engage with the Carlow diaspora and represent Carlow in the St Patrick’s Day parade”.

Limerick County Council is sending city Mayor Cllr Kieran O’Hanlon, as well as Cllr Jerry O’Dea, Cllr Michael Collins and Cllr Brigid Teefy to New York. Their trip will cost the council €13,500.

The council decided to send the delegation after it was announced that Limerick man Michael Dowling was to be the Grand Marshal of the New York parade.

Wexford County Council is sending two people to New York – leas-cathaoirleach Cllr Michael Whelan and district manager Sinéad Casey, at a cost of €7,500. It is sending three people to Coueron in France, which is twinned with Wexford town. Mayor Frank Staples will travel with district manager Angela Laffan and Cllr George Lawlor at a total cost of €1,500.

Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr Michael O’Shea, and tourism officer John Griffin will meet mayor of New York Bill de Blasio and the mayor of Boston Marty Walsh during their trip to the US, which is estimated to cost €5,000.