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Failed bid to be design capital cost us €386k

TAXPAYERS coughed up €386,000 to fund Dublin's unsuccessful bid to become the World Design capital, the Herald can reveal.

Fresh details have emerged about Dublin's failed and costly attempt to secure a prestigious international award.

Thousands of euros were pumped into the bid to become the Design capital -- with Dublin eventually securing a runner-up spot.

The Herald can today reveal that a massive €386,275 was sourced from a number of different bodies including the Department of the Environment and Dublin City Council.

New figures show that staggering sums were forked out on the likes of feasibility studies, flights and accommodation.

The city made it on to a shortlist of potential winners -- along with Bilbao and Cape Town, which went on to win -- but its bid failed at the last hurdle.

Now, the city is counting the cost of its attempt at the title -- as management braces itself for serious funding difficulties due to the fallout from the household charge.


Councils across the country fear they will be left with no option but to cut services as a result of the significant amount of dodgers of the €100 charge.

While it was previously reported that Dublin City Council footed the entire cost, it has now emerged that a number of bodies coughed up taxpayers' funds.

The Department of the Environment contributed €20,000 to the bid, which was also supported by Bord Failte to the tune of €4,800.

Both Fingal and Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Councils spent €23,849 each, while the remaining €313,777 was footed by the city council.

The figures, obtained by Independent City councillor Mannix Flynn, include a €186,073 sum to pay for "bid content and production".

He said: "It's simply not acceptable for families throughout the city to see such a huge sum being spent on a bid that turned out to be unsuccessful.

"We need to be looking at getting sponsorship for these things in the future."