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No rational or business plan for trip to San Diego means it would be a junket - Barry McElduff

25 November, 2011 - by Barry McElduff

Sinn Féin West Tyrone MLA Barry McElduff said that plans for a trip by the Assembly's Employment and Learning Committee to San Diego without a business plan and involving most of the 11-member committee would be nothing more than a junket.

The Sinn Féin MLA is a member of the DEL Committee along with party colleague Michelle Gildernew.

Barry McElduff said:

“We have not seen any rational or business plan for this trip and Sinn Féin has made it known to the committee that we would not support a waste of public money and valuable working time. To say that the 11 members of the committee would be invited is ridiculous

“There is of course things to learn from other regions and countries and if that information cannot be gathered through video conferencing, which is available in the Assembly, or other methods then a visit is an option to consider.

“But in all of these trips there needs to be value for money, clear outcomes and business cases put in place which is not the case in this instance. Without these mechanisms such a trip and involving so many members, would be nothing more than glorified junket.” CRÍOCH/END

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