American
trip of
Cathaoirleach queried

CATHAOIRLEACH of Edenderry Town Council Fergus McDonnell is in New York this week representing the town and the county at the city’s renowned St. Patrick’s Day parade. Cllr McDonnell travelled with the acting Cathaoirleach of Offaly County Council Danny Owens as guests of the Offaly Association of New York.

CATHAOIRLEACH of Edenderry Town Council Fergus McDonnell is in New York this week representing the town and the county at the city’s renowned St. Patrick’s Day parade. Cllr McDonnell travelled with the acting Cathaoirleach of Offaly County Council Danny Owens as guests of the Offaly Association of New York.

However, the decision to travel was queried by Cllr John Foley at the March meeting of the Council last week. “Is it wise for the Chairman to go to the USA given the current financial climate. We shouldn’t be taking up invites in these difficult times. It is giving wrong signals.”

Cllr Jimmy Murrin strongly supported the Cathaoirleach’s trip saying it was an opportunity for the town to be promoted. “It is money worth spending. Whatever little it brings back, something might come out of it. Even if there is only a slight chance it is worth making the trip.”

He added that when the Edenderry Boxing Club visited Canada some years ago, 15 members travelled and the following year 50 Canadians visited Edenderry. “That was good for tourism, every opportunity to promote the town should be taken, you never know where business might come from.”