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Checks: A garda stops a vehicle ahead of the visit of US President Donald Trump.
Photo: Press 22

Checks: A garda stops a vehicle ahead of the visit of US President Donald Trump. Photo: Press 22

Checks: A garda stops a vehicle ahead of the visit of US President Donald Trump. Photo: Press 22

A €14,000 spend by gardaí on sandwich and snack bags for members was part of the overall €107,625 catering payment to Donald Trump's Trump Doonbeg resort during his two-day visit.

That is according to new figures released by the Gardaí concerning its €11.3m overtime operation put in place to protect the US president during his stay at his west Clare hotel in June.

The figures released in response to a new Freedom of Information request show that the Trump Doonbeg resort catering bill was run up through a series of 'Marquee Banquets' for gardaí where they consumed a variety of meals over five days in June at the resort.

The bill for providing gardaí with sandwich/snack bags was €2,800 per day over the five days while gardaí also spent €875 on "additional teas and coffees due to inclement weather" on June 4.

The contents of the sandwich bag are not known but a west Clare retailer which also supplied sandwich bags to gardaí during the operation said they included a sandwich, a drink, a bar of chocolate, a piece of fruit and a bag of Tayto, at a cost of €5 each.

The breakdown of the €107,625 total shows that over three days of the five-day overtime operation Trump Doonbeg earned over €26,000 each day.

The resort was one of a large number of Co Clare hotel businesses to benefit from the Garda catering and accommodation spend during the Trump visit.

Gardaí on overtime at various locations throughout west Clare had their breakfast each morning at the marquee at the Trump Doonbeg resort and the breakfast bill over four days was €16,800, or €4,200 per day.

Gardaí also had lunch each day at Trump Doonbeg and the lunch bill over four days came to €21,000, or €5,250 each day. In addition, the Garda paid Trump Doonbeg €21,000 for serving dinner over four days at a daily cost of €5,250.

The Garda also paid the resort €21,700 for late-night snacks, or €5,425 per night.

Asked to comment on the logistics of catering for gardaí working overtime, general manager of Trump Doonbeg Joe Russell stated yesterday: "We geared up for that entire week as expected and it went very well. I'm proud of our entire team."

On the performance of Trump Doonbeg in 2019, the long serving GM said: "We've had a good year so far."

Irish Independent