Taoiseach spent more than €12,000 on photography in first half of the year

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Taoiseach spent more than €12,000 on photography in first half of the year

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The Taoiseach's department has spent more than €12,000 on photography in the first half of the year.

In total, Enda Kenny's department has spent more than €120,000 on camera work between his taking office in March of 2011 and July of this year.

More than €4,500 was spent on pictures at the State reception to mark Easter Sunday, while a further €3,000 was spent on photography for the parade marking the Easter Rising and wreath laying ceremonies at Kilmainham Gaol.

The photography done at the first meeting of the new cabinet ministers totaled €780, while there were also a number of costs associated with the EU Presidency in 2013. 

The figures, which can be read in full here, show that €38,172 was spent during that period, noting that it is "standard for all Presidencies [that] there is a host photographer to capture the images for the Presidency and to distribute them around the world."

In a statement, the Department of the Taoiseach noted that measures had been taken to keep bills down, in so far as was possible, and that the the costs of photography by the department have been significantly reduced during Mr. Kenny's time in office, down from the €83,000 spent in 2008.

"The use of local photographers on international trade missions is required to distribute images to the domestic media to accompany the coverage of domestic journalists who are travelling on behalf of their organisations," explained the statement. "Utilising local agencies is cost efficient and costs are kept to a minimum. Increasingly my Department utilises its own staff to take photographs in-house, thereby reducing costs."