RTÉ had spent a total of €2.38 million euro on building the new studio lot for Fair City at their Montrose headquarters in Dublin.
The information was released under a Freedom of Information request by RTÉ.
The new Fair City lot comprises of 11 separate sets and the set provides for a new home for McCoy’s pub, the Hungry Pig, the Dolphin Pod, the Community Centre, the Helping Hand charity shop and the other locations where the hit soap is shot.
Now, in response to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request around the costs, the RTÉ FOI unit states that the €2.381 million total includes an element of non-recoverable VAT.
It stated: “This cost also included design, construction, set dressing and professional fees.”
The unit stated that “the decision to move the programme set was taken as a result of the sale of land at the Donnybrook campus.
"The money to pay for this capital project came entirely from funds generated by this land sale.”
It was also reported that RTÉ failed to receive 4 requests between Dec 2018 & March 2019 for the cost & building of the Fair City set. They failed to receive them on administrative & cost grounds under section 15(1) of the act.