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FG's Sen. Joe O'Reilly's 28 foreign trips in just 32 months - a waste of public money?

Degeneration X

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Cavan senator Joe O'Reilly racks up 28 trips | Ireland | The Sunday Times

"A Cavan senator is the most widely travelled politician in Leinster House, having clocked up 28 foreign trips in 32 months at a cost of €37,314.

In November 2017 alone, Fine Gael’s Joe O’Reilly visited London, Paris and Copenhagen, running up travel, hotel and subsistence costs of €2,211.

In March that year, he spent three nights in Madrid, incurring flight and accommodation charges of €573 plus €837.98 in subsistence allowances and expenses. A fortnight later he flew to Paris overnight, costing €272.24 in travel and accommodation plus €438.84 in additional expenses."

So Joe, a former Primary school teacher who was rejected by the voters in 2016 but for some reason is on the Labour Panel in the Seanad, likes to travel abroad a lot on the taxpayers largesse.

Is there any good reason at all that this trough snouter, whose most famous claim to fame in this Seanad has been to oppose the opening of pubs on Good Fridays, is leaving the country so much on foreign jaunts to do god knows what and stick us with the Bill?
 


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32 trips for 37 grand is pretty reasonable. Doesn't he do something in Europe? He's on some board or committee.
 

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Probably building up the profile for a run at the Presidency. Where you have to have experience of many countries. Which Joe is doing his best to achieve.

He'll be on some committee alright. They usually are. But I bet if he was asked to write up a report justifying the expense he'd struggle.

Far as I am aware he has no remit to act on behalf of the Dept of Foreign Affairs.
 

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They should have got him to build the NCH......he seems to be able to stretch out the money bigtime, some of our bigtime travellers would spend €10,000 on flights alone for a single trip.
 

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Occams Razor. He's a parasite. Oh I'm sure he'll be larging it up in some local paper about the votal work he's doing steadying the nation in the shipping lanes of the world but he's much more likely to be a parasite.
 

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28 foreign trips in 32 months. For a senator from Cavan. See it for what it is for once and stop casting around for the assumption of good intent.

There are always going to be bootfillers in the Oireachtas with the way their expenses systems are run.
 

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He's the VP of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly.

The Council of Europe is an international organisation which aims to uphold human rights, democracy, the rule of law in Europe and promote European culture.
It includes 47 member states, including the countries in the European Union. All Council of Europe members have signed up to the European Convention on Human Rights.
So reasonable costs for a job that would clearly involve lots of travel then.?
 

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Surprised Paris, the major European metropolis, has got by at all up to now without the guidance of a senator from Cavan. It is such a natural fit.
 

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He's the VP of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly.



So reasonable costs for a job that would clearly involve lots of travel then.?
Yes but thats why that post exists. So various party hangers on from around Europe can get together and compare notes on the night-time economies of Paris and Cavan.

There's learnings to be had. Im just not sure which way around. If it was that important then there would be MEPs involved. It is just a teat.
 

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He's the VP of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly.



So reasonable costs for a job that would clearly involve lots of travel then.?
If anything it makes the Council of Europe look like an unreasonable quango, that exists to give tenth rate politicians nice city trips.
 

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Those sort of gigs are for people who don't embarrass easily. Which is why it is on Oireachtas expenses rather than having a budget.

Because even the lax auditing of expenses at the EU institutions wouldn't quite be able to justify that lot. There'll be five or six other parasites from other EU states joining him so the taxpayers around Europe for 32 months will have paid out close to 200 grand for hotels and pints for this lot who would be unlikely to be able to write a report on their activities that would make any kind of sense to anyone.
 

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Cavan senator Joe O'Reilly racks up 28 trips | Ireland | The Sunday Times

"A Cavan senator is the most widely travelled politician in Leinster House, having clocked up 28 foreign trips in 32 months at a cost of €37,314.

In November 2017 alone, Fine Gael’s Joe O’Reilly visited London, Paris and Copenhagen, running up travel, hotel and subsistence costs of €2,211.

In March that year, he spent three nights in Madrid, incurring flight and accommodation charges of €573 plus €837.98 in subsistence allowances and expenses. A fortnight later he flew to Paris overnight, costing €272.24 in travel and accommodation plus €438.84 in additional expenses."

So Joe, a former Primary school teacher who was rejected by the voters in 2016 but for some reason is on the Labour Panel in the Seanad, likes to travel abroad a lot on the taxpayers largesse.

Is there any good reason at all that this trough snouter, whose most famous claim to fame in this Seanad has been to oppose the opening of pubs on Good Fridays, is leaving the country so much on foreign jaunts to do god knows what and stick us with the Bill?
I wonder has he been signed in to any meetings, or into the Seanad, in Ireland that coincided with any of these trips.
 

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The OP could have been far more economic with its use of words:



FG's Sen. Joe O'Reilly's a waste of public money!
 

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Jesus Christ,
What a bullsh1t thread
Politicians shouldn't travel abroad?
 


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