Away from all the problems back home in a week when the threat of a general election loomed, Ireland South MEP Deirdre Clune welcomed a delegation of councillors from County Clare to Brussels last week.
During their visit to Brussels, the councillors meet with representatives from the IFA, ICO, the European Investment Bank, the Committee of the Regions, as well as the Fine Gael delegation in the European Parliament.
The group also received a briefing from Commissioner Phil Hogan in the European Commission headquarters in Brussels.
Deirdre Clune described the visit as a great opportunity for local representatives to learn about the impact of EU decisions on their daily work.
Ms Clune said the trip afforded the councillors an opportunity to question EU officials on important local issues and to develop lasting connections in Brussels.