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Roddy Doyle gifts on €63k bill for William and Kate visit

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William and Kate at a reception hosted by the British ambassador in the Gravity Bar at the Guinness Storehouse. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

William and Kate at a reception hosted by the British ambassador in the Gravity Bar at the Guinness Storehouse. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

William and Kate at a reception hosted by the British ambassador in the Gravity Bar at the Guinness Storehouse. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

A miniature model of Dublin, a robin's nest toy and three books were presented to Prince William and his wife Kate for their children during their visit to Ireland earlier this year.

The €73 worth of gifts, including a copy of Roddy Doyle's Giggler Treatment, were included in the €63,000 spent by the Department of Foreign Affairs in March.

Invoices show more than €17,500 went on VIP catering for the couple and their entourage during their three-day visit.

Filling up the pantries at state guesthouse Farmleigh cost just over €650.

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Six "VIP lunch packs" were provided for two days, each costing €28.37.

A dinner for the royal couple on the day they arrived cost just over €145 while a buffet dinner cost €1,500.

The dinner bill the next day set the taxpayer back €192.95.

The biggest catering expense at Farmleigh was for staff, with three managers, five waiting staff and three chefs on hand for each day of the visit.

Catering for an event at the Museum of Literature Ireland in the capital cost €4,365.50.

This included canapes billed at €12 per plate along with 47 bottles of mineral water costing €4.50 each and home-made lemonade at €4 a bottle.

The wine bill for 54 bottles of wine came to just over €1,400.

Galway singer-songwriter Maija Sofia was paid €1,000 for her performance at the event in the museum on St Stephen's Green.

Transport costs included €1,611 for a Mercedes MPV to collect the couple from Dublin airport, take them to Farmleigh and ferry them between engagements.

The Dublin Airport Authority was paid €1,187 for VIP services on arrival.

Other costs included €553 for identity cards, €4,274 for photographers, a picture retoucher and syndicator and €9,352 for coach and minibus hire.

Catering costs of €8,636 for members of the media were incurred as well.

"The intensive and positive media coverage of their visit helped to highlight the close and essential ties between Ireland and Great Britain in political, social, cultural and economic spheres," the Department of Foreign Affairs said.