City Hall spent €6k polishing door handles for Royal visit

City Hall spent €6k polishing door handles for Royal visit

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall with the then Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Tony Fitzgerald, during a civic reception at City Hall in Cork as part of their tour of Ireland. The cost of the visit by the Royal couple to Cork was €203, 761, including €6,000 for polishing door handles.

CITY Hall spent almost €6,000 polishing door handles in advance of the visit of Prince Charles earlier this year.

It is part of a total spent of some €203,761, which also included €4,000 for power washing railings and pillars, €6,200 to replace a foyer light in City Hall and €4,400 to paint windows.

More than €11,000 was spent on the deep cleaning of offices, too.

The figures were detailed in a report to City Hall’s finance committee with a full, itemised list of costs presented to councillors.

A report from John Hallahan, the head of finance at City Hall, said that much of the spend had been planned anyway and was simply accelerated on the basis of the visit.

This included the medium-term refurbishment works at City Hall, including the new foyer lighting, upgraded door fittings, sandblasting, power washing, varnishing and so on.

It accounted for €91,759 of the total spend.

Similarly, much of the marketing material had been budgeted for and was planned anyway.

Mr Hallahan said: “Planned visual marketing of the English Market for its 230th birthday was also frontloaded as was visual marketing of the city centre. The marketing collateral is still in use. In total, this cost €9,332.”

A further €5,828 was spent on a function at City Hall which saw the royal couple meet 180 invited guests from the community, while some €19,770 was spent on the royal dinner at the Crawford Art Gallery.

“Cork City Council has received very positive feedback from stakeholders across the city, the royal family, the Department of Foreign Affairs and the British Embassy following the visit, with the environmental improvements in particular praised by the city centre stakeholders,” Mr Hallahan added.

Mr Hallahan’s report also showed that €5,509 was spent on lighting, with a further €29,416 spent on the installation of lighting.

€13,259 was spent on the hire of barriers, with €12,854 spent on window displays and €1,212 spent on security.

€14,541 was spent on traffic management and a further 18,308 was spent on parks, with €11,393 on cleansing.

Sinn Féin councillor Thomas Gould was heavily critical of the spend.

He said that he had no issue with the Royal visit taking place but that he ‘couldn’t stand over the spend’ when resources are limited.

“We are in here every year fighting over limited budgets and then this money is being spent on things like this,” he said.

“We need traffic calming measures in every part of the city, we have a major homeless and housing crisis and long hospital waiting lists.”

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