An Taoiseach Bertie Ahern defends the cost of his makeup expenses in Dáil Éireann. It had been the practice of all Taoisigh to wear makeup since the televising of Dáil proceedings began in 1990.

Dublin South East Green Party TD John Gormley questions Taoiseach Bertie Ahern in Dáil Éireann about his priorities and suggests that €480 a week was too much to spend on cosmetics.

It's extraordinary that spend more money on makeup than any of the ladies in the cabinet. What sort of priorities do you have when you're heading around like the 'Queen of Drumcondra'?

He asks Bertie Ahern should he be known as the L'Oreal Taoiseach 'because he is worth it'?

RTÉ Reporter Gareth O'Connor quotes the daily rate for the Taoiseach's professional makeup artist at €187.45 (gross) per day and two makeup artists were employed on a rotational basis for 2/3 days a week.

An RTÉ News Report by Gareth O'Connor broadcast on 24 May 2006.

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