Fianna Fail says Fine Gael has serious question to answer over Mayor’s trip

A Fianna Fail Councillor says Fine Gael has serious questions to answer alleging that the party tried to sanction a St Patrick's Day trip for the Mayor behind Councillor's backs.

It is claimed that Fine Gael attempted to sanction an overseas trip for the Mayor Noel McBride, his Deputy, Barry O'Neill and a council official in the Council Chamber after the council's monthly meeting concluded.

Proposals for the trip were contained in a draft agenda for the meeting circulated to the media but were not in the agenda circulated to councillors at the meeting.

Fianna Fail's Brendan Byrne has condemned Fine Gael's handling of the situation:

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Mayor Noel McBride says he will fund a trip to America for St Patrick's Day out of his own pocket.