No price -- or apology -- given for Terminal 2 luxury gift bags
A SEMI-STATE agency refused last night to say how much money it spent dishing out hundreds of gift bags containing champagne, luxury chocolates and engraved paperweights at the launch of an airport terminal yesterday.
Minister for Transport Noel Dempsey and airport bosses also staunchly defended providing the bags at the opening of the new Terminal 2 at Dublin Airport.
The bags -- bearing the slogan "building a better airport for you" -- contained a box of luxury Butler chocolates, a quarter bottle of Prosecco sparkling wine and a specially commissioned Terminal 2 paperweight, as pictured left.
The paperweight is engraved "Terminal 2 -- Dublin Airport, November 2010" and carries a frosted glass depiction of the terminal building.
Hundreds of guests also drank champagne at the event yesterday morning.
The Dublin Airport Authority (DAA), the semi-state company which runs the terminal, said it made "no apology" for handing out the gifts the day after the IMF arrived in Dublin, with Mr Dempsey describing it as a "nice gesture". The DAA refused to say how much it spent on the gift bags and launch, even though estimates put the bags at €20 each.