Ireland's presidency costs taxpayer €9m less than expected

Ireland's presidency costs taxpayer €9m less than expected

Ireland's presidency of the EU cost less than originally planned.

It is now estimated that the presidency cost the taxpayer €9m less than first thought.

The Government had set aside €60m to cover the costs of the six-month term - but only spent €51m.

By comparison, Ireland's last EU presidency in 2004 cost an estimated €100m.

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