Saturday 21 October 2017

Huge security plan drawn up for visit of Prince Charles and wife Camilla

British royal couple Prince Charles and Camilla, who will visit Dublin, Kildare and Kilkenny later this month. Photo: Frank McGrath
British royal couple Prince Charles and Camilla, who will visit Dublin, Kildare and Kilkenny later this month. Photo: Frank McGrath

Robin Schiller and Niall O'Connor

A major policing operation is being devised ahead of a visit to Ireland later this month by Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are due to visit Dublin, Kildare and Kilkenny as part of their third formal trip to Ireland in less than two years.

Prince Charles and Minister Heather Humphreys in Glasnevin Cemetery. Pic Credit: Steve Humphries
Prince Charles and Minister Heather Humphreys in Glasnevin Cemetery. Pic Credit: Steve Humphries
Prince Charles shakes hands with Sein Fein leader Gerry Adams
Prince Charles in Glasnevin Cemetery
Prince Charles in Glasnevin Cemetery
Prince Charles during a visit in Glasnevin Cemetery. Pic Credit: Steve Humphries
Prince Charles and Minister Heather Humphreys in Glasnevin Cemetery
Prince Charles in Glasnevin Cemetery. Pic Credit: Steve Humphries
Prince Charles in Glasnevin Cemetery. Pic Credit: Steve Humphries
Prince Charles, HRH the Prince of Wales, and Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Pic Credit: Steve Humphries
Prince Charles, HRH the Prince of Wales, and Taoiseach Enda Kenny

During a recent visit, Prince Charles toured Mullaghmore in Co Sligo, where his great-uncle Lord Mountbatten was murdered by the IRA in 1979.

A high-level security plan is being drawn up ahead of the latest visit, which will include Garda checkpoints and road closures.

Clarence House, the official residence of the couple, declined to comment on the trip, which has been planned for several months.

Closures

It's expected the couple will hold a meeting with President Michael D Higgins, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and other senior Government figures during their three-day visit which starts on May 10.

Fine Gael figures last night said Mr Kenny's hosting of the royal couple would be an ideal engagement to seal his departure from office.

The Office of Public Works (OPW) has in recent days notified politicians in Dublin of certain road closures, including around Glasnevin Cemetery where the couple are due to visit.

It is understood Prince Charles and Camilla will be shown the Cross of the Sacrifice, which commemorates the beginning of World War I.

However, local Fianna Fáil councillor Paul McAuliffe last night criticised plans to close a section of the N2 during early morning rush hour to accommodate the British royals.

Councillors have been notified of plans to implement the closures between 7am and 1pm.

"While I, of course, support the visit by the couple to Glasnevin Cemetery itself, the timing of the closures will cause great inconvenience for people trying to get to work or bring their children to school.

"It will also affect some bus routes. I see no reason why the ceremony itself could not be moved to a later time," Mr McAuliffe told the Irish Independent.

"Members of the public can formally object to the closures by midday on Tuesday and I encourage them to do so."

Irish Independent

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