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Saturday 24 February 2018

Queen and Obama visits 'well worth' €20m cost

Michael Brennan Deputy Political Editor

IT cost an estimated €20m to host the visits of Queen Elizabeth and US President Barack Obama -- but Taoiseach Enda Kenny insisted yesterday the global media coverage of both events made it all worthwhile.

It was the first time he had released estimates of the cost of the two visits, which required the involvement of around 7,500 gardai, military personnel and civilian employees

Mr Kenny said there had been around 38,000 articles and media broadcasts about Queen Elizabeth's four-day visit and Mr Obama's one-day trip.

"The estimated cost of that is about €300m, not to mention the impact in terms of Ireland's status and reputation and the global coverage that both visits received during that week," he said.

Mr Kenny told the Dail that Mr Obama's visit cost his department €600,000 -- with most of this relating to the organising of the public event in College Green, which attracted around 25,000 people.

The biggest element of the bill will be the cost of paying the thousands of gardai and army personnel who were on duty.

Irish Independent

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