It looks like there is no austerity for some and the good times keep on rolling in Limerick city council.
According to the Limerick Leader Limerick city councillors have claim €66,000 for conferences so far this year.
Limerick city councillors claim
One member, Cllr Kevin Kiely, claimed the maximum €4,700 allowance councillors are entitled.
Cllr Kiely - who claimed €4,713 - stayed overnight at three conferences locally. His records show attendance at events in Nenagh, Tralee and the Limerick Junction, all of which included overnight stays.
His excuse for staying overnight at these fairly local venues was..."If you go to these conferences, there would normally be a banquet. If you take a glass of wine with it, you cannot drive home, you have no option but to stay overnight"
We also had some councillors who feel it appropriate that the tax payer fund their interests in literature and entertainment at great distance from Limerick
"Two Labour councillors – Joe Leddin and current mayor Gerry McLoughlin – ventured to Clogher, Co Tyrone, for a three-day conference celebrating the work of novelist William Carleton, while Cllr Orla McLoughlin, also of Labour, attended to the John Hewitt summer school in Co Armagh, which promised “music, drama, discussions and entertainment”."