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The turning on of The O'Connell St Christmas Lights

The turning on of The O'Connell St Christmas Lights

The turning on of The O'Connell St Christmas Lights

DUBLIN City Council bought more Christmas trees for areas south of the River Liffey than the city northside this year, it has emerged.

A Herald investigation has found how the four local authorities in Dublin have spent more than €450,000 over the last two years on decorations for Christmas - including trees, lights and other decorations.

An examination of invoices and Christmas tree locations shows that the southside enjoys more festive decorations.

This year, for the Dublin City Council area alone, there have been 15 trees opened at locations north of Liffey, while there have been 24 south.

According to the council, the cost of each Christmas tree is on average around €2,737. Using this average, around €41,055 has been spent on trees for the north and €65,688 for the south of the city this year.

But most of the biggest shopping centres north and south got a tree, including Tallaght's Square, the Blanchardstown Centre, O'Connell Street and Grafton Street.

In the case of Dundrum Town Centre, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council provided a grant of €13,000 this year for decorations.

This was more than the entire value of grants for decoration provided by the council for decorations last year.

Don Nugent, Dundrum Town Centre manager, explained to the Herald that the funding was for a jointly-owned bypass and the centre pays for its own lighting scheme.

LIGHTING

He said that the shopping centre co-ordinated the sourcing, purchase and installation of the lighting on the entire bypass in consultation with the council.

"It was a collaborative effort, and we're very proud of the result," he said.

Smithfield also has a large LED Christmas tree, for which the cost of storage, maintenance, erecting and removing it in 2013 was €35,000.

From 2013 to 2014, Dun Laoghaire spent €75,649, Dublin City spent €293,306, South Dublin spent €14,893 and Fingal spent €67,073.

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