The John O'Donoghue files (Part 4 – London in Nov)

It’s November 2006, and a two day jaunt for the Minister and his private secretary to London. Highlights include:

Cabinet meeting in Dublin (breakfast included)
Flight to London (VIP at Dublin airport)
Travel Channel interview
Overnight in London Hilton
Back to Dublin – FAI event
Meet Ossie Kilkenny in Leinster House.

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Previously:
JOD Part 1 (India)
JOD Part 2 (Birmingham)
JOD Part 3 (Berlin)

2 thoughts on “The John O'Donoghue files (Part 4 – London in Nov)”

  1. Its the detail that is interesting. On 7th November O’Donoghue and his Private Secretary O’Connor travel to London (after lunch). Presumably they are driven to Dublin airport, flights paid for, transport in London paid for, they attend an official function – at which they get a buffet supper, followed by dinner.

    Yet our hero O’Donoghue gets €116.50 (less a €20 deduction) and O’Connor gets £67.68 (about €100) in expenses. For what? What expense could they possibly incur? And if they did, form shows that O’Connor will claim for it – see her claim for tablets for the Indian trip.

    So if they incur a legitimate (as opposed to appropriate) expense they get it re-imbursed. And then they get a top up.

    If I claimed a similar thing in my business the revenue would tell me to take a hike.

    But then I’m one of the gobshites who will be bled dry to pay for this gravy train.

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