Kerry County Council spent less than €11,000 on Royal visit

His Royal Highness Charles Prince of Wales is shown Killarney Arbutus handmade furniture in Muckross House Killarney, Co Kerry, by Head Guide Ann Tangney, where his Great Great Grandmother Queen Vistoria who stayed in Muckross House, Killarney, in 1861. The Royal Visit with his Wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, took place in Muckross House and Killarney House, Killarney, Co Kerry on Friday,.Photo:Valerie. O’Sullivan/FREE PICS***

Kerry County Council spent just under €11,000 on the British Royals’ day-long visit to the county last year.

Prince Charles and his wife Camilla were in Kerry on June 15th last as part of an official visit to Ireland.

The Irish Examiner revealed that Cork City Council spent some €200,000 on Charles and Camilla’s day-long visit to Cork city last June.

The following day, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall were in Kerry for a one-day visit; however, Kerry County Council says it spent just over €10,850 (€10,850.16) on the event.

According to the council, the biggest expense was staff overtime – this came to over €4,460 (€4,461.58) – and related to preparatory work in Tralee and Killarney.
The next highest cost was the printing of invitations and envelopes for the council’s reception for the royals which was hosted by Siamsa Tíre – this amounted to under €1,630  €1,627.36).

Kerry County Council spent almost €1,420 (€1,416.70) for the hiring of barriers and fencing in Tralee and near Killarney House.

Travel and subsistence for the day was around €804 (€804.45); photography cost some €776 (€776.38), and gifts to the royal couple came to just over €665 (€665.20) –  of which, jewellery cost €370 and the gifting of Valentia slate was just over €295 (€295.20).

The remaining costs were for postage, flags and bus hire.

The council undertook resurfacing works in the Brandon carpark in Tralee in the days before the royal visit. Kerry County Council says this does not fall under its expenses for the visit because it was on the road programme of works for 2018 and as such isn’t a visit-related cost.