US shells out almost €200k on hotels and car hire for Michelle Obama's Irish visit
Published 10/04/2014 | 08:08
A CO Wicklow car hire service was paid $114,000 to ferry around the US First Lady, her two daughters and entourage during a short visit to Dublin last June.
Documents released under the Freedom of Information reveal the total cost for the overnight visit to be over $250,000 (€180,500) - with $114,000 (€82,200) spent on car hire.
The documents were released after a watchdog group, Judicial Watch, launched a legal action for the information.
Flight costs to move the President, Mrs Obama and the White House team from the US to and around Ireland came to $7.6m (€5.5m).
Dozens of rooms at the Shelbourne and Westbury Hotels were booked. The documents reveal the bill for the Shelbourne was just over $70,000 (€50,500), the Westbury, $53,425 (€38,560).
JP Ward and Sons of Bray was given the job of ferrying them and their entourage around Dublin and Wicklow on the Monday, at a total cost of $114,721 (€82,200).
On Tuesday, they had lunch in Finnegan's of Dalkey and spent time in the Wicklow Mountains National Park.