€65k for council
conferences and training

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Laois County Councillors spent just over €65,000 attending 48 conferences and 10 training courses across the country, last year.

Laois County Councillors spent just over €65,000 attending 48 conferences and 10 training courses across the country, last year.

Councillors attended conferences in Letterkenny and Kinsale, Wesport and Roscommon.

Roscarberry in County Cork was the most popular destination among councillors for conferences. With a total of 13 councillors attending nine different conferences in the popular tourist town.

The confereces ranged in topics from ‘Branding in Local Elections’ to ‘Employment Opportunities in Artisan Foods’ to ‘Meeting Management Principles’ which two councillors attended in March of this year at a cost of €1,227.42.

In total, €52,091.95 was spent on attending conferences in 2014, €40,000 less than in 2013.

More than €13,000 was also spent on training last year. Ten councillors attended Training by the Association of Irish Local Government on finance, housing and plannig as well as induction training between June and November.

While, Buncrana in County Donegal was the destination for the Local Authorities Member’s Assocation Training (LAMA) which five councillors attended at a cost of €3,690.32 in October of the last year.