How times have changed

The coverage of the 1976 continues to make informative and in some cases fascinating reading. The Indo relates that in 1976, Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave had to alter plans to bring a gift worth £5,000 for the US government during a St Patricks Day visit to Washington. Instead the government went bargain hunting and spent only £160 in an effort to save money for the airfare. £5,000 was a sizeable sum of money in those days, so I’m quite pleased they went for the frugal option. The US govt. were paying for the rest of the trip, but the Irish had to pay the fares. Where were the budget airlines when you needed them?

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