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London got €33,000 for lightsaber monument stunt. Guess how much Dublin got?

NewsBy Emily Bodkin
Council didn't charge Disney for turning the Spire into giant lightsaber
Council didn't charge Disney for turning the Spire into giant lightsaber

Dublin County Council has revealed that they didn't charge Disney to hire the Spire even though Nelson's Column in London got €33,000 off the movie giants for a similar stunt.

The Council told The Star that they didn't demand money off Disney for hiring the Spire on O'Connell Street because they felt it would serve as an attraction to the area.

The monument was turned into a makeshift lightsaber earlier in the week to mark the opening of the latest Star Wars film.

It will stay mocked up and lit up as a giant lightsaber until January 2.

 A spokesperson from Dublin City Council told The Star that the stunt was at no cost to the council.

'The council worked with the sponsors to allow the lighting of the Spire but we didn't have to pay for it, and also didn't receive payment.

"We feel that it will serve as an attraction to O'Connell Street at this festive time of year'.

The news comes as it was revealed that London authorities got a payout of €33,000 (£24,000) from Disney to hire Trafalgar Square for a similar publicity stunt with Nelson's Column.