Roscommon County Council has spent €12,000 on foreign trips this year

Roscommon County Council has spent more than €12,000 this year on foreign-travel for council officials.

The most expensive trip undertaken was a six-day mission to the US, which cost more than €5,650.

Details released under the Freedom of Information Act show the council sent four staff on foreign-travel missions this year – directors of services Martin Lydon and Majella Hunt, head of enterprise Louise Ward and Patricia Bohan, who works in corporate services.

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A total of five trips have been undertaken this year.

From March 9 to 15, there was an Ireland West International Trade Centre management trip to Providence in the US, which cost €2,284.98.

From March 14 to 20, the council availed on an invitation from the Roscommon New York Association to attend an annual dinner, combined with Tourism Ireland and IDA meetings Stateside.

This trip cost more than €5,650.

Staff also went on trips to Slovenia and Barcelona as part of the Trinno Project, which aims to promote competitiveness in EU regions through improving policy instruments for business support systems that focus on applying digital innovation in the local economy.

These two European missions cost the council just over €1,000.

Council staff also attended a ‘Working for Harvard Executive Course’ in June, with travel, accommodation and expenses amounting to more than €3,100.