€600 for food and travel expenses on weekend conference

Kilkenny county councillors will be allocated approximate travelling and subsistence expenses of up to nearly €600 for a two-day conference in a Kerry Hotel next month.

Kilkenny county councillors will be allocated approximate travelling and subsistence expenses of up to nearly €600 for a two-day conference in a Kerry Hotel next month.

A form to apply to attend the conference, in the four-star Manor West Hotel in Tralee on April 20 and 21, was circulated at this month’s meeting of Kilkenny County Council. The estimated total cost of the conference for each councillor attending is almost €750, €597.48 of which is for food and travel.

The AA Route Planner estimates the actual travelling cost for the 460km round trip between Tralee and Kilkenny City at less than €70. The council says that its approximate allocations are based on a mileage rate of 95 cent per mile, and that the trip could potentially involve three overnight stays.

A second two-day trip, to the Kingsvalley Hotel in Merlin Park, Galway has an estimated food and travel allowance of €576.66, on top of a €150 conference fee, which would take the total bill for the taxpayer to nearly €730 per attendee. The theme of this conference, organised by Esperanza Enterprises, is the ‘Disability Access Certificate’.

Meanwhile, a single-day event in Dublin Castle on Wednesday, April 18 carries the more modest approximate food and travel cost of €254.98 for the afternoon. The AA route planner estimates the travel expense of the 247km round trip from Kilkenny City to Dublin at less than €37.

The theme of this conference is the ‘Contribution of Geosciences in the Urban Environment’.