RTE say in FoI that the cost of covering the 34-day Michaela McAreavey trial in Mauritius was €126,000.
€126k breakdown: Staff & Contractors €56k Communications Satellites & Links €50k Air Fares €2k Accommodation €10k Subsistence €3k Other €5k
RTE say: The only RTÉ staff member involved was Tommie Gorman. Camera crewing was provided by a contractor. Costs for RTE & contract staff.
RTÉ believes given the huge level of public interest in the trial & the volume of broadcasts by Tommie Gorman the costs are fully justified
RTE says Gorman reported almost daily on the trial and for Pat Kenny, Drivetime and Prime Time. Also made 45 min documentary
"the two major costs were contractors and satellite and links costs in sending material back to Dublin on a daily basis. "