State wraps up giftlist for EU delegates
AS if keyrings, notepads, lapel pins and golf umbrellas weren't enough.
The Department of Foreign Affairs is now looking for 8,000 women's scarves of a "uniquely Irish design" to give to delegates attending EU presidency events in Ireland next year.
The request for scarves comes just a week after the Government sought more than 300,000 small items to serve as mementos for EU leaders and their officials coming to Dublin.
Now, it wants to add scarves to a list of items to be emblazoned with the official presidency logo and handed to delegates.
"The scarf should reflect a uniquely Irish design and use high quality materials and manufacture with a preference for hand-knit designs," the department says.
"The scarf can be a cable or Aran knit design or another suggested by the tenderer, but must be of a distinctive and uniquely Irish artistic character."
Each must measure at least 180cm by 15cm and be a teal colour. All of the items must be delivered by October 15.
The department has previously said that only a small number of quality items would be given to delegates, "given the current economic climate."
The cost of hosting the presidency will total €60m, about one-third of the cost when Ireland hosted it in 2004.