Written Answers. - Official Visits Abroad.

443.

asked the Taoiseach (1) the number of times he has been abroad, (2) the place of each journey, (3) the total cost of each journey and the overall cost; and if he will give the same particulars in respect of the Attorney General.

The Taoiseach made 12 official journeys abroad since assuming office in March, 1973. The following are the details:

Place

Cost

Purpose

1973

£

London

30.00

Discussion with British Prime Minister

Sunningdale

82.00

Anglo-Irish Conference

Copenhagen

303.00

EEC Summit

1974

London

84.00

Discussion with British Prime Minister

LondonParis

*183.00

Discussion with British Prime Minister EEC Summit

London

87.00

Oxford Union Debate and discussion with British Prime Minister

Paris

101.00

EEC Summit

1975

Paris

90.00

Schuman Anniversary

Brussels

†180.00

EEC Summit

Helsinki

†450.00

Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe

Rome

†‡300.00

Canonisation of St. Oliver Plunkett

Total

£1,890.00

*The Taoiseach travelled from London to Paris in this instance and for cost purposes, both trips are combined.

†Estimated-accounts not final.

‡Includes Mrs. Cosgrave.

During the same period the Attorney General made 20 official journeys abroad. The following are the details requested:

Place

Cost

Purpose

1973

£

Cambridge

45.00

Meeting with British-Irish Association

Sunningdale

64.00

Anglo-Irish Conference

Strasbourg

*237.00

Human Rights Case

Strasbourg

Human Rights Case

Strasbourg

*286.00

Human Rights Case

Strasbourg

Human Rights Case

Starsbourg1974

Human Rights Case

London

40.00

Discussion with UK Attorney General

London

35.00

Discussion with UK Law Commission

Australia

405.00

State Visit

Luxembourg

76.00

Discussion on EEC

Caracas

1,092.00

Law of the Sea Conference

*Combined for cost purposes.

Place

Cost

Purpose

£

Strasbourg

163.00

Human Rights Case

Strasbourg

99.00

Human Rights Case

Strasbourg

163.00

Human Rights Case

Stavanger

172.00

Human Rights Case

Stavanger

154.00

Human Rights Case

1975

Brussels

95.00

Discussion on EEC

Geneva

71.00

Law of the Sea Conference

Paris

161.00

Conference of Supreme Court Judges

Stavanger

222.00

Human Rights Case

Total

£3,580.00