Fresh-faced Kenny spared blushes over make-up bill
OUR fresh-faced Taoiseach has nothing to blush about when it comes to his make-up costs -- he relies on his personal assistant to cover up his blemishes.
Enda Kenny's make-up bill for his first 14 months in office is a grand total of zero.
Documents released under the Freedom of Information Act show the Taoiseach hasn't employed the services of a professional make-up artist.
Sources said Mr Kenny instead relied on his personal assistant, Sarah Moran, to apply make-up on the handful of occasions when it is deemed to be needed.
"In fairness, he doesn't need it," said one source.
"He's pretty fresh and the only time he would wear make-up is if he's going to be doing a number of major TV appearances (which aren't in a TV studio)."
His fresh-faced frugality is in stark comparison to predecessor Bertie Ahern, who frequently wore make-up in the Dail and at events.
Blaming the huge bill on 'harsh lighting', he spent just under €250,000 on make-up over his 11-year term as head of government.
Mr Ahern spent an average of €441 per week on make-up during his tenure.
Costs peaked at €27,722 in 2004, the year he held the rotating Presidency of the European Council when Ireland served as president of the EU.
Two professional make-up artists were engaged for Mr Ahern on a rotational basis at a fee of €187.92 per day.
Mr Ahern's successor, Brian Cowen, did not incur any charges while Taoiseach.
However, for his final Budget as Finance Minister in December 2007, a make-up artist billed €454 for ensuring he was ready to face the cameras.
It is possible for Fine Gael to shoulder the bill for their leader's make-up but a spokesman for the party said they did not pay any such expenses for Mr Kenny.