The New York St Patrick's Day Parade
The Chief Executive and Chairman of Laois County Council are flying out to New York for St Patrick’s Day, in efforts to bring jobs to Laois.
The CEO John Mulholland and the Cathaoirleach Cllr Padraig Fleming will travel to New York from March 15 to 19.
Their air fares will cost €1000, and accommodation another €1,500, at a total cost to the taxpayer of €2,500.
It follows a formal annual invitation by the County Laois Association New York, and approval by the Fine Gael councillors in Laois County Council at the January meeting.
Last year’s trip was cancelled due to snow storms in New York, noted by Cllr Tom Mulhall who was due to travel as the then Cathaoirleach.
“I hope you get there,” he told Cllr Fleming.
Labour Cllr Noel Tuohy said he expected the council “not to consort with Donald Trump”.
“If I do get an invitation I’ll go,” Cllr Fleming told him.
Cllr Mary Sweeney proposed the acceptance of the invite, seconded by Cllr John Moran.
Mr Mulholland and Cllr Fleming will have meetings with IDA Ireland, Enterprise Ireland and Failte Ireland, to promote investment in Laois and to market the county as an investment and employment location to a global and international market.
They will also be explaining the work underway by the Local Enterprise Office in Laois to develop new businesses, and the economic and enterprise development strategy for the County.
"It would be important also that the networking reach of Laois County Council be strengthened and the awareness of the competitive nature of the County be increased," a council spokesperson told the Leinster Express.
A full report about the trip will be issued afterwards to all 19 councillors at the April meeting.