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Thursday 23 January 2020

Revealed: The colossal fee Dustin the Turkey was paid to MC at school event

Dustin the Turkey Photo: PA Wire
Dustin the Turkey Photo: PA Wire

Martin Grant

Dustin the Turkey was paid an extravagant fee to MC at a school event.

Ireland's favourite turkey was paid nearly €2,500 of taxpayers' money for officiating at a schools' award ceremony, the Herald can reveal.

Details of the payment to the country's favourite turkey are revealed in documents seen by this newspaper.

Meath County Council paid singer and TV presenter Dustin €2,460 in fees for attending the Schools Pride of Place Awards in 2013.

The Dubliner, who is more than 25-years-old, received the cheque for presenting at the ceremony for primary schools nationwide

The Schools Pride of Place event recognises the "whole community learning experience" in schools, according to the organisers.

"Dustin the Turkey was guest presenter at the awards, from 10am until approximately 8pm," a spokeswoman for Meath County Council said in a statement.

"He was master of ceremonies and also presented the awards to the winners in addition to providing entertainment and photo opportunities with the students and their teachers."

The spokeswoman added that Dustin also worked additional preparation hours, including script-reading and travel time.

The company that received the payment on Dustin's behalf - KITE Entertainment - declined to comment on the €2,460 fee when contacted by the Herald.


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