North Antrim MP, Ian Paisley, has claimed back just over £6,000 in total from Northern Ireland Charity, Cooperative Ireland, for a trip to New York in which he traveled First Class.
The trip was part of the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday agreement and the conference title, ’20 Years Of Peace’ saw Mr Paisley as well as other representatives including Mark Durkan, former SDLP MP to take part.
Others however flew economy class, which cost a fraction of the cost of first class for which Mr Paisley has come under criticism for.
This is off the back of a 30 day suspension the MP received last year for failing to declare a trip to Sri Lanka in 2013 after which he lobbied the then PM David Cameron on the Sri Lankan governments behalf.
More recently it was also revealed that Mr Paisley took a complimentary trip to the Maldives with his family which was also not declared. It is unclear yet if any wrongdoing has taken place in this particular case.
Speaking about Mr Paisley’s First Class trip to New York, East Londonderry MLA John Dallat said;
“truly shameless” for a public representative to accept luxury flights from charity”.
The peace conference was organised by Cooperation Ireland, who are an all-island peace-building charity who’s aims are to ‘encourages dialogue and collaboration’ between Northern Ireland and the Republic.