Cllr Seamus Morris
Tipperary County Council has defended its decision to allow councillors claim expenses for an event in University Concert Hall Limerick attended by the Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, and members of the Cabinet.
The seminar on Project Ireland 2040, on Friday, April 13, was organsied by the University of Limerick and councillors from around the Mid West were invited to attend.
However, Cllr Seamus Morris criticised the decision to allow Tipperary councillors use it as a training workshop for which they could claim expenses.
Tipperary County Council told the Tipperary Star that in allowing that, its corporate services would have notified the councillors about the briefing but it was up to councillors themselves to register.
"It was a matter for each councillor as to whether they wished to attend, and given that the subject matter was relevant to the functions for which local authorities have responsibility, it was approved as a relevant event from which they could claim travelling expenses from their allocated training allowance, which was provided for in Budget 2018 approved by the council. This event wasn’t compulsory to attend," Tipperary County Council said in a statement.
Cllr Morris had told the Tipperary Star last week: “I am enraged that the Government are so desperate to spin the Leo Varadkar spin of the fiasco that is Project Ireland 2040 that they are paying councillors to go by making this a training event."