Ceann Comhairle John O'Donoghue stayed in a $1,200-per-night hotel room at the taxpayers' expense during a junket to New York, the Sunday Tribune has learned.

O'Donoghue and his wife Kate Ann, who were accompanied by two civil servants, stayed at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel on a trip arranged by Tourism Ireland.

Other expenses incurred on the junket, which took place when O'Donoghue was Minister for Tourism in 2006, include almost $1,200 on Broadway shows, and $5,306 on business class flights to Newark airport.