Northern Ireland

OFMDFM trip to north and south America cost £150,000

Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness in Sao Paulo
Image caption Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness started their Americas visit in Sao Paulo

The recent investment trip by the first and deputy first ministers to south and north America cost more than £150,000 according to figures just released by their office.

The two politicians visited Los Angeles, Washington and three cities in Brazil, accompanied by six officials and a photographer.

The party's travel costs, which included eight flights, came to a total of £155,509.

Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness's trip to Shanghai and Hong Kong in November 2012 cost more than £80,000.

The two ministers were accompanied on that occasion by six officials, a photographer and junior minister Jonathan Bell.

The publication of the figures, by the office of the first and deputy first ministers, comes after criticism of a lack of transparency surrounding these and other trips by ministers.