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Taoiseach snaps up extra prints of TIME magazine, wouldn’t you if you were on the cover?

The Department of Taoiseach spent €4,537.50 photographing President Obama’s visit on 23 May 2011.

Enda Kenny on the front cover of Time magazine.
Enda Kenny on the front cover of Time magazine.

THE DEPARTMENT OF Taoiseach spent €111.95 on extra prints of Enda Kenny’s TIME magazine cover.

The payment, made to Levon Biss Photography Limited, was made in November 2012, two months after the Taoiseach’s face graced the front cover.

In reply to a parliamentary question from Fianna Fáil’s Niall Collins on the photography costs for his department, Enda Kenny said:

Photography costs in my Department have reduced from €83,398 in 2008 to €13,448 in 2012 and €4,898 in 2013 – excluding EU Presidency photography costs.

However, €40,052 was spent on photography of the EU Presidency.

Obama visit

The figures reveal that a total of €4,537.50 was spent on photography of President Obama’s visit on 23 May 2011.

Costs relating to photographing the St. Patricks Day Visit to Washington in 2011 cost €2,106.14, while the 2013 visit to New York cost €2,235.66.

Other photo costs include:

  • A photographer from for the Presidential Inauguration in November 2011 cost €3,956.70.
  • A formal “family” shot of all the EU directors  - including photo shot, post production touch up and prints (36copies) cost €512.62.
  • Photographing the Olympic torch at Government buildings cost over €250
  • Taoiseach’s meeting with Bill Clinton at Government Buildings in October 2013 cost €249.69
  • Jesse Jackson visit in 2011 cost €409.58
  • The Late Dr. Garret Fitzgerald’s Funeral 21-22 May 2011 cost €2,359.50

Pic: Enda Kenny is on the cover of TIME magazine this week>

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