Derry City Council has revealed details of what it paid celebrities who appeared at various civic events during the past three years.
Top of the list was Lord Sugar’s aide, Karren Brady who was paid £15,000 when she spoke at the launch of Enterprise Week in the city in 2013.
She was followed by the Killers of Leon who were paid £2,300 to perform in Derry during Hallowe’en 2011. And girl band Belle Aime who were paid £2,150 for performing at the same event.
Britain’s Got Talent star Jordan O’Keefe picked up £1,500 when he performed at the Waterloo Stage on Hallowe’en night 2013.
BBC presenters did well as Mark Patterson picked up more than £2,000 for compering a number of events in the past three years. And his colleague Teresa Craig was paid £500 for hosting the Christmas light switch on in 2013.
Frank Galligan was paid £600 for hosting Jazz Festival events during the past two years and £650 in 2011.
And Sarah Travers was paid £800 for the launch of Enterprise Week in 2013, and £500 for being MC at the Legacy launch.
Paddy Nash and the Happy Enchiladas were paid £450 when they performed at Guildhall Square for Hallowe’en 2011 and £1,000 when they played at the Christmas Light Switch on in 2012.
Meanwhile Peter Corry received a £500 goodwill payment when he performed at Culture Night in 2011.
Paul Casey was paid £1,200 for performing in Guildhall square at Hallowe’en 2011.
However two celebrities performed for nothing.
They were Damien McGinty for speaking at the Legacy launch in 2013 and Sir Ken Robinson for speaking at the Legacy Conference.