Saturday 24 August 2019

Enda Kenny's two days of parties cost almost €12,000

Former taoiseach Enda Kenny. Picture: INM
Former taoiseach Enda Kenny. Picture: INM

Almost €12,000 of taxpayers' money was spent on two days of events celebrating former Taoiseach Enda Kenny's final days in office.

Five days before he officially stepped down as Taoiseach on June 8, 2017, a special dinner was held for Mr Kenny in the State's official residence, Farmleigh House.

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The dinner was organised by the Mayo politician's successor, Leo Varadkar, and was attended by Fine Gael ministers and their partners.

The event cost €4,074 for a drinks reception and dinner for 40 guests.

Department of the Taoiseach records show the cost of 'beverages' for the evening was €1,229, while catering by Brambles Deli Cafe cost €2,398.

There was reportedly a €100-a-head whip-round for Mr Kenny at the meal with all his Fine Gael colleagues contributing.

The event was also celebrating former finance minister Michael Noonan's decision to step down from office.

The next day, €1,291 was spent on a reception in Government Buildings in honour of Mr Kenny. The event was attended by 200 Department of the Taoiseach staff.

On the same day, there was a separate function marking Mr Kenny's resignation in Government Buildings, which was attended by 250 guests and cost €6,487.

The bill included €3,815 spent on refreshments and €2,180 on finger foods and sandwiches.

Mr Kenny did not respond to requests for comment.

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