Now this is really taking the ****. We now have to foot the bill for Councillors to learn how to use facebook. Let them learn themselves, let their kids show them, their grandchildren, whoever, but why should we pay for it.
COUNCILLORS will attend a crash course this weekend on using social-networking site Facebook -- for a 195 fee.
However, when the hotel and travelling costs are included each councillor could run up fees and expenses of more than 500.
Last night the conference system was branded a "flagrant waste of taxpayers' money" that brings no benefit to the public.
The conference is called 'Facebook for Councillors -- a Business Perspective' and will run tomorrow at the Killarney Heights Hotel, Co Kerry.
Taxpayer to foot bill for crash course on Facebook - National News, Frontpage - Independent.ieLast night Fine Gael councillor Michael Fitzgerald -- former president of the Association of County and City Councils -- defended the conference, saying it would bring benefits to councillors and constituents.
He said it would benefit constituents because councillors would "get to know different people" and their roles within the community. However, Fine Gael's Brian Hayes, spokesman on public expenditure, blasted the conference system.
"Every councillor knows the entire industry built around councillor conferences is simply there to help people claim expenses," he said.
"It would be much better if people were paid properly rather than traipsing around the country and claiming for hotels and mileage."