Monday 11 December 2017

Taoiseach's two-night Davos hotel bill costs taxpayer €5,800

Taoiseach Enda Kenny speaks during a session on day two of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland in January. Photo: Jason Alden/Bloomberg
Taoiseach Enda Kenny speaks during a session on day two of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland in January. Photo: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Gordon Deegan

It cost the taxpayer almost €6,000 to put up the Taoiseach and his party at Davos for only two nights last month.

Showing that there are no hotel deals to be had at the World Economic Forum (WEF), the Department of the Taoiseach has confirmed that the accommodation bill for Mr Kenny and his delegation totalled €5,883.

Mr Kenny was accompanied by five officials and one security officer on the three- day visit.

In total, the cost of the trip between accommodation and ground transport was almost €10,000.

Along with the accommodation spend, an additional €3,981 was spent on ground transport.

The total doesn't include the costs of the Taoiseach using a Government jet.

However, the costs would be around €20,000 based on the 2014 cost of €19,040 for using the Government's Gulfstream jet for four hours between Baldonnel and Zurich.

The Taoiseach and one official spent two nights at the Central Sport Hotel in Switzerland while the remainder of the delegation stayed in an apartment in Klosters 30 minutes away.

According to the Department of the Taoiseach's freedom of information unit, the Taoiseach's "hotel room was allocated by the WEF Secretariat".

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