Revealed: Northern Ireland MLAs' costly travel for 2010 and 2011

April 08, 2012 11:23 AM

Last year we revealed how three MLAs and two members of staff took a trip to Washington DC to celebrate St Patrick's Day. The cost of this three day jolly was £10,739.45.

Today we can exclusively reveal that this was not the only example of Northern Ireland's politicians living it up at our expense. We sent a freedom of information request asking for details of all travel taken by MLAs and their staff in 2010 and 2011. Here are some of the highlights:

  • A trip to Washington DC to attend St Patrick's Day events cost £6,243 for a hotel and flights

  • A two night visit to Brussels to visit European institutions and attend a committee meeting cost taxpayers £7,427 and included a stay at the "deluxe" four-star Radisson EU Hotel

  • A two night stay in Washington DC for the chair of the Enterprise, Trade and Investment Committee and one member of staff cost £7,994. The travel cost alone of the visit amounted to £6,728

  • Five MLAs and two staff visited Edinburgh and Brussels to meet the Scottish European Committee and the holders of the EU Presidency. The total cost of this three day trip was more than £9,000

  • Two trips involved stays at the Hotel Missoni - a five-star hotel on the Royal Mile, Edinburgh

  • Three MLAs made a two day visit to the National Ploughing Championships in the Republic of Ireland at a cost of £1,211.30.

  • The Regional Development Committee even held a meeting on a train from Belfast to Dublin. To do this they had to book the entire carriage.



Many people in Northern Ireland feel the ruling elite is out of touch and out to milk taxpayers for as much as they can get. The information revealed in this FoI will not make them change their minds. It is not just that many of the trips made were unnecessary when you consider the other options available such as video conferencing. What really sticks in the throat is they have spared no expense when making those visits, staying at some of the best hotels in the world.

We hope that by revealing this information it will make MLAs think twice before contacting a travel agent and will stop them from spending our hard earned cash as if it was confetti.

Click here to see the full details of the travel expenses claimed by MLAs and their staff


 Last year we revealed how three MLAs and two members of staff took a trip to Washington DC to celebrate St Patrick's Day. The cost of this three day jolly was £10,739.45.

Today we can exclusively reveal that this was not the only example of Northern Ireland's politicians living it up at our expense. We sent a freedom of information request asking for details of all travel taken by MLAs and their staff in 2010 and 2011. Here are some of the highlights:

  • A trip to Washington DC to attend St Patrick's Day events cost £6,243 for a hotel and flights

  • A two night visit to Brussels to visit European institutions and attend a committee meeting cost taxpayers £7,427 and included a stay at the "deluxe" four-star Radisson EU Hotel

  • A two night stay in Washington DC for the chair of the Enterprise, Trade and Investment Committee and one member of staff cost £7,994. The travel cost alone of the visit amounted to £6,728

  • Five MLAs and two staff visited Edinburgh and Brussels to meet the Scottish European Committee and the holders of the EU Presidency. The total cost of this three day trip was more than £9,000

  • Two trips involved stays at the Hotel Missoni - a five-star hotel on the Royal Mile, Edinburgh

  • Three MLAs made a two day visit to the National Ploughing Championships in the Republic of Ireland at a cost of £1,211.30.

  • The Regional Development Committee even held a meeting on a train from Belfast to Dublin. To do this they had to book the entire carriage.



Many people in Northern Ireland feel the ruling elite is out of touch and out to milk taxpayers for as much as they can get. The information revealed in this FoI will not make them change their minds. It is not just that many of the trips made were unnecessary when you consider the other options available such as video conferencing. What really sticks in the throat is they have spared no expense when making those visits, staying at some of the best hotels in the world.

We hope that by revealing this information it will make MLAs think twice before contacting a travel agent and will stop them from spending our hard earned cash as if it was confetti.

Click here to see the full details of the travel expenses claimed by MLAs and their staff


 

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