“Enda Kenny’s St.Patrick Days trip to the U.S. costs the taxpayer €35,000” read the headline in this newspaper article I read at the weekend.
The article documented blow by blow how and where these costs were accumulated as well as the costs of the other Ministers who travelled overseas for our national festival, that day when the whole world acknowledges and celebrates our little country.
St.Patrick would be a great Marketing/PR trick for Ireland if we had planned it!!
The article was designed to incite the reader in a way that we are seeing all too frequently – It is supposed to get us thinking…
“This is a total disgrace”
“What a waste of money”
“Typical politicians, on a jolly while the rest of us are paying for it”
“Why does it cost so much, you can fly to the States and back for €500?”
Rage, rage and more rage – thanks for exposing this abomination!!
In my humble view, Enda Kenny’s U.S. trip was well worth every cent and much more as he flew a flag for illegal Irish immigrants and our continued trade in the very delicate Trump era. This simple visit will help to preserve our special relationship with an economy that is more than vital to us.
In terms of the cost of the trip do we really expect the leader of our country to travel Economy, take public transport and book into 3-star hotels?!!
Come on guys, less of the headlines that are designed to incite the typical anger and let’s focus on the insights.