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Saturday 17 February 2018

Obama and Queen visits cost the taxpayer €20m reporters

The historical visits of President Barack Obama and Queen Elizabeth II last month cost the economy about €20m but generated media coverage worth more than twenty times that or €300m.

While Mr Kenny said that individual department costs have not yet been finalised, his own spent around €11,000 on the Queen’s visit.

The lion’s share of the cost was on catering and transport and the laying of the wreath at Islandbridge.

The Obama visit bill came to €600,000, mainly due to the public address at Dublin’s College Green, which attracted tens of thousands of onlookers.

However, he added that he expected the US Government could make a contribution to that cost.

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