Fine Gael's coffers net €1m from party raffle
FINE Gael leader Enda Kenny got a pre-general election boost last night when he put more than €1m into his 2011 campaign war-chest from the party's annual raffle.
The party passed the €10m mark in funds raised in ticket sales from its Superdraw, which has run for the past nine years.
But ticket sales were down again this year as the economic recession took its toll. Mr Kenny emphasised the proximity of a general election when appealing to supporters to buy tickets.
"As the 2010 Superdraw could well be the last before the next general election, it is more important than ever that it is a huge success, and with your support it will be.
"A successful Superdraw will enable Fine Gael to compete in that election with a professional and comprehensive campaign," he said in party promotional literature.
Fine Gael took in €1.06m in ticket sales, selling 13,208 tickets at €80 each in the raffle -- down from the 15,395 sold last year.
The first prize in Fine Gael's raffle was €20,000, with another 19 prizes worth from €10,000 down to €1,000, and 400 hampers.
In the nine years since the party's election meltdown in 2002, Fine Gael has raised €10.3m from its national draw. The party has broken the €1m mark on seven of the nine occasions.