Mayor to return to US following renewed debate on travel

The Mayor of Donegal is to return to Boston for a celebration of the centenary of Tipp O'Neill next Sunday.

Cllr Frank Mc Brearty attended the Golden Bridges event last month, the third mayor to do so, and during a comprehensive report on the trip, he informed members about the invitation to return.

After a lengthy discussion about funding the trip, the council voted to do so.

Cllr Mc Brearty says it's important that Donegal is represented..............

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Fianna Fail Cllr Liam Blaney proposed that the mayor return at his own expense, pointing out that when Mayor Brendan Byrne and his deputy Charlie Mc Conalogue went to Philadelphia and New York in 2010, they paid for the trips themselves.

Cllr Mc Brearty said he would use money allocated to him for attendance at seminars to fund the trip, but when asked about the validity of that, acting County Secretary Liam Ward said the seminar money is for domestic events, and foreign travel comes from a different budget.

Cllr Blaney's counter proposal failed by four votes to nine, and the trip will go ahead.

He questions what benefit it will bring to the county...............

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