MEP study break costs are "all sh**e": Fine Gael MEP Jim Higgins
Fine Gael MEP Jim Higgins has refuted media scrutiny over value for money of a three-day â€˜study breakâ€™ taken by 250 MEPs in a five-star Portuguese hotel as â€œall shiteâ€.
The â‚¬400,000 think-in is taking place on the island of Madeira at a luxurious five-star hotel, however, Higgins has ridiculed the expense of the event.
â€œI havenâ€™t a clue what star [hotel] it is,â€ Higgins told the Irish Independent.
â€œAll I know is that itâ€™s a very good hotel, the accommodation is wonderful, the food is lovely. For people who work so hard, weâ€™re entitled to that. You donâ€™t expect us to stay in B&Bs, do you?â€
When questioned on the cost of the event â€“ which is being paid for by the European taxpayer â€“ the Connacht-Ulster MEP said itâ€™s â€œall sh*te if you donâ€™t mind me saying so. Thatâ€™s typical media bluster, you know. I donâ€™t share that [belief] at all.â€