Wexford businessman questions value of Patrick's Day missions
WEXFORD businessman Frank Hynes has questioned whether we are getting good value for money given that hundreds of thousands of euros of tax payers' money will be spent on sending ministers, mayors and councillors to St. Patrick's Day celebrations throughout the world.
'This money is seen as an investment in Ireland Inc. in terms of attracting new business to our shores and promoting Irelands tourism sector..,' Mr Hynes says in a Facebook entry.
'My questions are how is the return on this investment calculated/quantified and are we getting good value for for money?' His question generated a welter of responses including one from Cllr Fergie Kehoe, who attempted to answer it:
'Frank, they say that for a spend of €300,000 the return is over €5,000000.. It's all to do with promoting Ireland abroad,' said Cllr Kehoe.
'It's people who work away and gaining valuable links in trying to establish very important trade links for the food, agriculture, IT, tourist industries to name a few.. I know a lot of people will think it's a waste of money but look at it this way - €300,000 to win over €5,000000, sure you wouldn't get odds like that at Cheltenham this week,' said Fergie.
Cllr Malcolm Byrne is travelling to New York. Wexford deputies, Government Chief Whip Paul Kehoe and Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin will be travelling to Houston and Savannah in the USA and in South Korea and Japan respectively.