No ex­cuse for the trip to Oz

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - COMMENT -

THAT Oireach­tas group’s visit to Aus­tralia (MoS, De­cem­ber 2) is a ridicu­lous waste of money.

I’m not sur­prised that the politi­cians seemed to be us­ing so­cial me­dia to dis­guise the fact that they were on the other side of the globe, as I doubt their con­stituents will be im­pressed with their be­hav­iour.

We have a Depart­ment of For­eign Af­fairs with a cabi­net minister, two ju­nior min­is­ters and a huge staff. We also have diplo­mats and em­bassies all over the globe. On oc­ca­sion there may be good rea­son for an­other minister, or the Taoiseach, to make an in­ter­na­tional trip.

But there is no ex­cuse for or­di­nary TDs and sen­a­tors to be jet­ting off on such jun­kets. It is not their job to be diplo­mats. I hope the MoS’s rev­e­la­tions will cost Pat ‘The Cope’ Gal­lagher and the rest of the jun­ke­teers votes.

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