Ireland – The Irish newspaper “Mirror” has reported that the Irish national broadcaster RTÉ has spent a total of 254.000€ on its participation in the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest. The channel has to face criticism for the expenses as it has financial difficulties and a big debt. 70.000€ were spent for the participation fee to the EBU, while the Irish delegation needed 76.000€ for accommodation and nutrition.
The flights for the 19 members of the delegation cost 16.000€ and 32.000€ were spent on promotion. The national final this year cost about 60.000€. A member of Sinn Fein’s told the newspaper that the expenses paid by RTE are “inexcusable”, and added that the 60.000 € for hotel rooms is “more than most people’s yearly wage.” He also asked: “Do they really need 19 people to go?”. RTÉ defended itself, saying that the demand for Eurovision is always high in Ireland and that each of the 7 hours of entertainment Eurovision provided only cost 37.000€ which is less than most other television programs.
EDIT: In this article we stated early today that Ireland had spent 554.000 n Eurovision. That was not correct. The right amount spent is 254.000. We are sincerely sorry for the mix-up
Source= The Mirror, esctoday.com