Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Questions (537)

Catherine Murphy

Question:

537. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if his travel itinerary and that of the Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport will be provided for travel to Copenhagen for the Denmark versus Ireland football play-off match; the costs incurred for the trip; the costs covered by a third party (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16337/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

I attended this game on 11th November 2017 in a personal capacity. All flights and hotel expenses were funded by me.

Minister of State Griffin attended this game in an official capacity and also took part in promotional work for Tourism Ireland while in Denmark. He travelled to and from Denmark on the same day. Minister Griffin met  with Tourism Ireland Officials on arrival in Copenhagen on Saturday morning and was briefed on the Nordic Market. Minister Griffin also recorded a TV interview with a popular Danish television programme in which he promoted Ireland as a holiday destination for Danish viewers. The Minister also met with the Irish Ambassador to Denmark and then attended the match. The cost of the Ministers flight to Copenhagen was 134 euro. Due to Minster Griffin’s extremely busy schedule during November 2017, he travelled back directly after the match that night in unused space on the FAI's flight, at no additional cost.