Politicians trip to Hong Kong and China cost €27,000

By | 4th July 2018

 

Intersection of Yee Wo Street and Hennessy Road at night, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. Photo by Mstyslav Chernov. Source: Wikimedia Commons

MORE than €27,000 was spent sending five politicians and three officials on a week-long trip to China and Hong Kong.

The entire delegation flew business class at a cost of at least €2,712 each and stayed in a string of five-star hotels, most of which were generously paid for by their Chinese hosts.

Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl ended up spending more than ten days abroad after he added in a stop-off in Mongolia on his way back home.

The entire delegation flew business class at a cost of at least €2,712 each and stayed in a string of five-star hotels, most of which were generously paid for by their Chinese hosts.

He had been joined by four other politicians – Green TD Catherine Martin, Sinn Féin TD Martin Ferris, Fine Gael Senator Frank Feighan, and Fianna Fáil’s Fiona O’Loughlin – for the original seven-day visit to Hong Kong and China.

Also travelling were Secretary General of the Oireachtas Peter Finnegan, the Ceann Comhairle’s Private Secretary Brian Prunty and another official.

Flights for the eight-strong delegation cost just over €23,000 while subsistence claims of just under €4,000 were also made following the trip.

Among the places visited on the trip were the Great Wall of China, Macau, and a panda breeding research centre in Chengdu.

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