In a whole other League

Coun­cil spends €17k send­ing tra­di­tional mu­si­cians to China

Irish Daily Mirror - - NEWS - BY PAT FLANA­GAN

GAL GADOT and Am­ber Heard were top of the league for glam­our at the LA pre­miere of their new movie

The ac­tresses – who play su­per­heroes Won­der Woman and Mera in Jus­tice League – looked stun­ning on the open­ing night, where they were joined by co-stars Ben Af­fleck, Henry Cav­illl, Ezra Miller and Jason Mo­moa.

The pair joined forces on the red car­pet and posed for pho­tos be­fore get­ting a first look at Zack Sny­der’s ea­gerly-awaited new film. A LO­CAL au­thor­ity is fly­ing dancers and singers to China on a trip that could cost tax­pay­ers at least €17,000.

Wick­low county coun­cil is send­ing a group of six tra­di­tional mu­si­cians and five of­fi­cials to pro­mote the re­gion in Asia.

The coun­cil con­firmed the party will fly out this week to take part in the Hainan In­ter­na­tional Tourism Is­land Car­ni­val.

But there is con­fu­sion as to how much the trip will cost tax­pay­ers.

The coun­cil claims some of the cash is be­ing do­nated by un­named “spon­sors”.

A spokesman said: “The to­tal cost in re­la­tion to Wick­low county coun­cil mem­bers, of­fi­cials and co-or­di­na­tor/trans­la­tor – in­clud­ing travel, ac­com­mo­da­tion and ex­penses – is €9,373.

“As ex­plained, the cost has been kept to a min­i­mum as Hainan Prov­ince are cov­er­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion, meals and travel for the group when on Hainan Is­land. The to­tal cost in re­la­tion to the mu­si­cians is €7,590. How­ever, spon­sor­ship and a con­tri­bu­tion from Wick­low County Tourism will be off­set against this cost. We don’t have a fi­nal ac­count on that as yet.

“The to­tal num­ber of in­di­vid­u­als trav­el­ling as part of the of­fi­cial del­e­ga­tion is 11: the cathaoir­leach, the leas cathaoir­leach, an of­fi­cial from the coun­cil’s Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Unit, the co-or­di­na­tor/ trans­la­tor, the Wick­low County Tourism Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment Ex­ec­u­tive and six mu­si­cians.”

Coun­cil cathaoir­leach – or chair­man – Ed­ward Tim­mins, said the in­vi­ta­tion could not have come at a bet­ter time.

He added: “Vis­i­tor num­bers from China to Ire­land are rapidly in­creas­ing and set to rise fur­ther in 2018 when Cathay Pa­cific op­er­ate di­rect flights from Hong Kong to Dublin in June and it is an­tic­i­pated Hainan Air­lines will op­er­ate flights from Bei­jing to Dublin within the year also.”

Vis­i­tor num­bers from China to Ire­land are rapidly in­creas­ing COUN­CIL­LOR ED­WARD TIM­MINS


HERO HOUR Am­ber flashes thigh on the red car­pet YOU LOOK WON­DER­FUL Gal Gadot is gor­geous in gold dress. With some of the cast, left. Main pic­ture: Afp/getty Images

CAR­NI­VAL TIME Dancers in Hainan

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