Luci McQuity Hindmarsh booked an ‘Elsa From Frozen Entertainer’ from London party entertainment agency AEIOU Parties Ltd for her daughter’s 5th birthday party.
She wasn’t happy.
I think the photos say it all. She looked dreadful, like she’d left a rave at 6am. Apparently the Elsa outfit had been worn by another entertainer earlier that day and was wet with sweat. So, our entertainer decided to put the outfit on OVER THE TOP over her own clothes, which happened to be black. She didn’t even bother to put the costume shoes on and wore a pair of tatty black flat shoes. The dress came undone at the back, someone did it up for her, but it wouldn’t stay done up, so she left it to hang off. The wig didn’t fit her and she didn’t bother to put any make-up on.
Political parties received €12.9 million in state funding for 2013, according to figures released today by the Standards Commission. The attached table shows the amounts received by qualified political parties for 2013 under the Party Leaders Allowance and the Electoral Acts legislation.
The amount payable to each such non-party member of Dáil Éireann during 2013 was €41,152 and the amount payable to each non-party member of Seanad Éireann during the same period was €23,383. The total paid to non-party members was €878,389 (of which funding amounting to a total of €617,279 was available to non-party members of the Dáil during 2013 and funding amounting to a total of €261,110 was available to non-party members of the Seanad during 2013).
Until the 2014 legislation comes into effect, non-party members of Dáil or Seanad Éireann are not required to furnish to the Standards Commission, or to any other authority, a Statement of Expenditure in relation to the allowance.