Kenny adds €1m to election warchest
Taoiseach Enda Kenny had added €1m to Fine Gael's General Election warchest from the party's annual raffle. Set up by Mr Kenny after the party's electoral meltdown in 2002, the Fine Gael Superdraw is the country's most lucrative political fundraiser.
The draw has raked in nearly €15m over the years, but there was a stark decline after the party got back into power in 2011.
Fine Gael sources said the party sold almost 12,000 tickets this year at €80 a pop, bringing in €960,000. Sales were up by 1,000 this year, despite the price being hiked by €20 from €60.
The top prize of €20,000 was won by Brendan Kearney from Castlebar. Dublin Mid-West TD Derek Keating won €1,000.
Here's the takings from the draw over the years: 2002 - €800,000; 2003 - €900,000; 2004 - €1.1m; 2005 - €1.3m; 2006: €1.4m - 2007: €1.3m; 2008 - €1.3m; 2009 - €1.2m; 2010 - €1.1m; 2011 - €976,000; 2012 - €890,000; 2013 - €790,000; 2014 - €660,000; 2015 - €960,000.