Taxpayer to pay for new locks after gardai moved bikes left near restaurant where Meghan Markle and Prince Harry ate
THE taxpayer will foot the bill after gardai cut the locks off bikes that were chained near a restaurant where Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were having lunch.
During the newlywed couple's two-day trip to Ireland they took in activities such as a garden party at the British ambassador's residence in Glencairn, they met with President Michael D Higgins and first lady Sabina at Aras an Uachtarain and they even met some of our finest athletes at Croke Park.
The royal couple enjoyed lunch at Delahunts restaurant on Dublin's Camden Street and before their arrival gardai were seen removing bikes that were locked to posts near the eaterie.
Gardai have apologised to the owners of the bikes and stated that the State will pay for new locks.
They said in a statement: "We removed two bikes of Camden Street today.
"We took them to Pearse Street Garda station where the owners can collect them. We cut the locks - the state will fully reimburse the owners for the locks."
They continued to say: "Part of the operation for the VIPs in Dublin, the bikes were not all over Camden Street they were right next to where the VIPs were visiting.
"They were a potential hazard on that basis of their proximity to the entrance we removed them.
"Allowed to under Section 21 of the Public Order Act. We apologise to the two people involved."