A five-strong County Council delegation has flown out to Mexico for a week-long trade mission.
Council CEO Tim Caffrey was joined by County Librarian Mary Carleton Reynolds and Cathaoirleach Cllr Mark Casey as well as Councillors Peggy Nolan and Martin Mulleady.
All five flew out last Saturday and will return home on Saturday, May 23.
According to Longford County Council, the cost of the flights is €4,500 but details of accommodation and other expenses were not released.
In a statement, a Council spokesperson said the purpose of the trip was “culture and business”.
It’s understood the main focus of the trip is to establish new trade links and educational ties and to investigate the possibility of further job creation within the two regions.
Cllr Peggy Nolan confirmed to the Leader on Friday that she was going on the trip.
“It’s an 11-and-a-half-hour flight,” Cllr Nolan said. “As soon as we get off the plane it will be work, work, work. We have something on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday,” she said.
Cllr Nolan revealed the decision to fly out was a follow-on from the newly-established ties that now exist with Longford recentl beingy twinned with the town of Huixquilucan.
Cllr Nolan put much of that groundwork for the trip down to “our true Longford friend,” Mexican Ambassador Carlos García De Alba.
“This is about job creation. He (Mr García De Alba) wants to leave some sort of trade legacy because there are companies in Longford at the minute that are doing trade in Mexico.
Meetings with business leaders and senior diplomats at the Irish Embassy in Mexico will also take place .
“This is about putting in place a road map for Longford companies to export to,” Cllr Nolan said. “We are hosts of the Mexican government. There is one going from each side of the house (Council Chamber) and these are people that will be working their socks off when they are there.”