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Sunday 17 December 2017

Lord Mayor Christy Burke knows the €6k way to San Jose

Christy Burke.
Christy Burke.
Christy Burke

Dublin councillors will soon know the way to San Jose, as Lord Mayor Christy Burke today leads a delegation on a trip to the capital's twin city in California.

He will be accompanied by councillors Criona Ni Dhalaigh of Sinn Fein and Fianna Fail's Paul McAuliffe, along with Peter Finnegan, Dublin City Council's director of international relations at a combined cost of almost €6,000.

They will be part of a 10-strong "city mission" to San Jose that will include members of the business community. However, the council will only pick up the tab for its four delegates.

The cost of the trip is €1,422 for each council participant, which breaks down to €597 for flights and €825 for accommodation.

The five-night stay will come at a cost of €5,688 to taxpayers.

Mr Burke told the Herald he will meet business groups, homeless groups and addiction groups.

"I am visiting a number of homeless services, which I may learn something from, and I am looking forward to attending a number of drug rehab and alcohol rehabilitation centres," he said.

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He added that he is going to San Jose to promote Dublin.

The council said that Dublin has been twinned with San Jose for 29 years.

"San Jose is the capital of Silicon Valley and this remains the most significant source of foreign direct investment into Dublin Ireland," it said in a statement.

"The relationship between Dublin and San Jose has contributed to the flow of direct foreign investment into Ireland.

"The mission builds and develops the relationship through the San Jose-Dublin sister committee, with members of the Irish diaspora, many of whom hold senior positions in leading companies in Silicon Valley."

The council pointed out that delegates from San Jose will visit Dublin next year.

Mr Burke's trip will run until March 9, with a programme of events prepared by San Jose.

The Dublin delegation will also include the president and the CEO of the chamber of commerce, the boss of the Digital Hub and four city-based businesses.

fdillon@herald.ie

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