Donegal County Council Boston trade trip could cost €10,000

The Mayor of Donegal will lead a delegation from the county on a trip to Boston next month that will cost the council up to €10,000.

Mayor Noel McBride, County Manager Seamus Neely, County Enterprise Board Chairperson Dessie Larkin and the Councils Director of Community, Culture and Planning, Michael Heany are due to attend event between November 8th and November 15th.

Flights for the trip cost €500 per person, while accommodation will cost approximatley €1100.

The delegations food and travel costs while in the US will also be covered by expenses.

Speaking to Barry Whyte in Lifford this morning, Michael Heany, said it's been proven that such trips can benefit County Donegal........

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Meanwhile, Mayor Noel McBride has defended the trip to Boston.

The Mayor said that the event will showcase Derry and Donegal as hubs of creativity and culture.

Cllr McBride, said although the event is costing thousands of euro, he believes if the delegation didn't go, it would be a huge opportunity missed...

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