MORE than €66,000 was spent by members of Limerick City Council attending conferences across the country during the first ten months of the year.
Overall, attendances at conferences by Limerick City Councillors across the country have cost the taxpayer some €66,084.48 since January.
However, this figure represents a drop from this time last year, when councillors claimed €67,905.
Under local government legislation, councillors have an individual annual allowance of some €4,700 for conferences, which covers the cost of travel, accommodation, the conference fee and other related costs.
Conferences attended by councillors between January and October included the Willie Clancy festival in Miltown Malbay, the Merriman Summer School in Lisdoonvarna, the Byrne Summer School in Gorey, Co Wexford and the MacGill summer school in the Glenties, Co Donegal.
Over €1,700 was also claimed by Cllr Kevin Kiely for the only overseas trip to Boston on St Patrick’s Day.
The monies paid to individual councillors ranged from €633.00 to €4,699.72.
*A full version of this story was published in the print edition of the Limerick Leader, dated November 12, 2011