2013-09-04 / Front Page

City of Gaffney mayor jetting to Ireland on taxpayers’ dime

By laRRY hilliaRD
Ledger Staff Writer

Gaffney Mayor Henry Jolly’s trip to Ireland this week will be paid for by city funds.

According to a city press release, Jolly has accepted an invitation to take part in a commemorative weekend in Granard, Ireland.

The trip, including plane fare and lodging, will cost $1,603.36, city administrator James Taylor said. Granard city officials will pay a portion of the lodging costs.

The money will come out of the budget line item known as the mayor’s travel allowance, Taylor said.

Taylor said the account was established about five years ago, and totals $2,800 in this year’s budget.

The account is separate from the government travel allowance, which pays for council members and the administration to attend out-of-town conferences and workshops. That account totals $12,000.

The mayor will be accompanied by his wife. Her expenses will not be paid by the city, Taylor said.

Jolly will begin his visit Sept. 5 with a special reception. On Sept. 6, Jolly will speak at the opening event of the Programme for 1798 Commemorative Weekend, County Longford. The 1798 Rebellion was organized by a society known as the United Irishmen, and its aims were to unite Irish people of all religious denominations and to fight for full independence from Britain, the press release said.

Several Granard city officials visited Gaffney during the bicentennial celebrations in 2004.

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