€100,000 wedding cake was a 'Marie Antoinette moment' says Burton
SHE was the last great queen of pre-revolutionary France who was famously reported to have said "let them eat cake" when informed that the Parisian peasants had no bread.
Now a senior government minister has waded into the controversy surrounding the cost of Ciara Quinn's wedding cake -- calling it a "Marie Antoinette moment".
It emerged yesterday that the cake served at the 2007 wedding of former billionaire Sean Quinn's daughter Ciara to Niall McPartland cost €100,000.
Commenting on the cost, Social Protection Minister Joan Burton called the reve-lation "like the Irish Marie Antoinette moment" and said that it "beggars belief".
"If anything comes out of this mess and we learn not to do this again, we'll be better for it," she said.
But Ms Quinn's husband was yesterday refusing to comment on the cake. Mr McPartland, a solicitor, refused to answer questions when contacted by the Irish Independent because, he said: "It's a Sunday."
Ms Quinn's brother-in-law Stephen Kelly said: "I have no idea how much a wedding cake from five years ago cost and quite frankly it's irrelevant."
Mr Kelly alleged that IBRC chief Mike Aynsley was attempting to deflect attention from the "huge salaries" paid at the bank "by trying to focus attention on nonsense like this".
However that claim was staunchly rejected by a spokesperson for the bank.