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Ireland: RTE Spent €337,000 on Eurovision 2016 Participation

It has been revealed today that RTE spent a total of €337,000 on participating in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden.

The Independent reports that following a freedom of information request, it was revealed that the Irish national broadcaster spent a total of €337,000 on participating in Eurovision 2017. This cost is up over €130,000 over the last time the contest was held in Sweden in 2013. The total cost of participation was broken included:

  • €88,472 – Participation fee paid to the European Broadcasting Union for participating in the contest
  • €64,657 – Travel costs including flights, hotels food and transport

RTE added that the additional fee spent on participating in last years contest was taken from the existing budget that in previous years has been used hold the Irish selection. Instead this money was spent on the staging of his performance in Sweden as well as Nicky Byrne’s appearance on the Globen stage.

Ireland’s participation fee in the Eurovision Song Contest has increased by €25,000 since 2010. See the rise of the countries participation fee below:

  • 2016 – €88,472
  • 2013 – €70,000
  • 2012 – €70,000
  • 2011 – €70,000
  • 2010 – €63,000
  • 2009 – €55,000

“Dying To Try” will be the entry for Ireland at this years Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kyiv, Ukraine performed by Brendan Murray. Brendan Murray was selected by Louis Walsh to represent Ireland at next years contest, in consultation with RTE. Brendan is a former member of the boy band Hometown, the group was formed in 2014 and to date has had two number one singles within Ireland. While Louis Walsh is a well-known Irish music manager as well as a former judge of the X Factor in the United Kingdom. Over the years he has managed Westlife, Jedward and Union J.

Source: Independent

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Ireland debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1965 and is currently the most successful country to have participated in the contest, winning a total of seven times. During the 1990s Ireland was a powerhouse in the contest becoming the first country to win three years in a row from 1991 to 1994. Since 2000 Ireland has struggled in the contest having qualified from the semi-final into the final just five out of a possible 12 times. Ireland’s best result of the 2000s came in 2011 when Jedward finished 8th in Dusseldorf.
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