Wednesday 21 February 2018

Gardai may be left to foot bill for queen

A protester outside Leinster House
A protester outside Leinster House yesterday

Gardai may not recoup all of the cost of the security operations to protect Queen Elizabeth and President Barack Obama during their visits here last May. A final bill of €36m was estimated to cover the cost and came initially out of the garda budget.

During talks in the run up to the visits assurances were given that the money would be paid back out of government coffers.

But six months after the VIP visits, a decision has not yet been taken on reimbursing the garda funds, leaving a cash-strapped force struggling to meet the demands on the service from their depleted funding.

Justice Minister Alan Shatter revealed yesterday that all of the money might not be paid back, saying a decision on the funding would be taken before the end of the year.

Meanwhile, a group of people gathered outside Leinster House yesterday to protest against the possible closure of rural garda stations in the upcoming Budget.

Irish Independent

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