The State spent more than €66m on staffing and rental costs for its embassies around the world last year, figures released by the Department of Foreign Affairs have confirmed. More than €8m of that total was spent on rent, with the premises in Brussels alone costing more than €1m to lease each year. By far the most costly Irish embassy is in London. It cost the State more than €6.3m in 2015, €680,000 of which was spent on rent. Other high-cost locations include Paris (€3m), Washington (€2.2m), and Tokyo (€1.8m). Last year’s €1.9m cost of the embassy in Maputo, capital of Mozambique, excludes rent as the Irish State owns the building, which has a value of €2.8m. Foreign Affairs Minister Charlie Flanagan said the cost of each embassy “includes staff costs, building rental and/or maintenance and other overheads”. Of 62 Irish embassy buildings around the world, all but 11 are rented. The embassies the State owns are worth a total of €87.5m, including a property on Avenue Foch in Paris which accounts for more than half the total, at €45m. The embassy building in Rome is valued at €18.5m.
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