MEMBERS of Limerick County Council have claimed almost €65,000 attending conferences all over Ireland this year- up €3,000 on this time last year.
Overall, attendances at conferences by Limerick County Councillors cost the taxpayer €64,342.60 between January and October.
Conferences attended by councillors included an event in Letterkenny, which examined the impact of the Volcanic Ash Cloud on travel; a conference on Local Government Reform, which took place in Galway City and a conference in Roscarbery, West Cork, which examined how to “Optimise” your tax allowance.
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.
A number of councillors did not claim any expenses for attending conferences between January and October and four claimed the maximum allowance of €4,700.
*A full version of this story was published in the print edition of the Limerick Leader, dated November 19, 2011