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Dublin City Council has spent over €80,000 on chocolate, sweets and biscuits

NewsBy Shuki Byrne
More than €236,000 was spent on coffee, tea, milk and sugar, along with €16,700 on biscuits
More than €236,000 was spent on coffee, tea, milk and sugar, along with €16,700 on biscuits

Figures released under the Freedom of Information Act reveal that Dublin City Council has spent a whopping €3.5 million on food and drink in the past five years.

The money was mainly spent on refreshments for official meetings, meals for staff on training courses and special events for members of the public.

Described as "grandiose", the seemingly frivolous spending comes in at about €1,900 a day. 

The Herald reported that:
 
  • More than €236,000 was spent on coffee, tea, milk and sugar.
  • €96,600 went on water, €43,500 of it on the Ballygowan brand.
  • Almost €55,900 was spent on chocolate bars, €7,800 on sweets and more than €16,700 on biscuits.
  • €18,500 was spent on sandwiches.

​The publication asked the Council about the €17,000 spent on chocolate and sweets but no explanation was given.  

More than €2.5m worth of expenditure was labelled as "catering" in the five years between 2010 and 2014, while €438,506 was listed as "provision of food".

A sum of just over €32,000 for "provision of tea and coffee" went to caterers and coffee shops that were used for "meetings, training and workshops".

"Canteen services" ran to €90,030, with 71 per cent of that incurred by the council's canteen in the Ballymun Regeneration Centre.

Independent councillor Mannix Flynn expressed his concern at what he called "grandiose spending", saying that "the money could be put to much better use".

"Just think of the amount of people who could be housed with that money. All we are doing is feeding the fed," he said.

He added that he did not disagree with council staff receiving refreshments, but said value for money must be addressed.