Friday 21 June 2019

Ring of steel to protect Trump for two days will cost €10m

U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump. Photo: REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump. Photo: REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

The cost of protecting US President Donald Trump during his visit to Ireland will be €10m, the Irish Independent understands.

A massive 'ring of steel' is to be erected around the billionaire for the duration of his holiday here.

Mr Trump is not expected to venture far beyond his five-star hotel in Doonbeg, Co Clare.

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However, his wife Melania may take in some of the local sights.

A source said other members of the Trump family may also make an appearance in Ireland but details are being kept tight at this point.

The Prince of Wales (right) meets US President Donald Trump as he arrives in Marine One at Buckingham Palace, in London on day one of his three day state visit to the UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 3, 2019. See PA story ROYAL Trump. Photo credit should read: Toby Melville/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales (right) meets US President Donald Trump as he arrives in Marine One at Buckingham Palace, in London on day one of his three day state visit to the UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 3, 2019. See PA story ROYAL Trump. Photo credit should read: Toby Melville/PA Wire
US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania are welcomed by Queen Elizabeth II during the Ceremonial Welcome at Buckingham Palace, London, on day one of his three day state visit to the UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 3, 2019. See PA story ROYAL Trump. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales (left) meets US President Donald Trump as he arrives in Marine One at Buckingham Palace, in London on day one of his three day state visit to the UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 3, 2019. See PA story ROYAL Trump. Photo credit should read: Toby Melville/PA Wire
The Prince of Wales (left) meets US President Donald Trump as he arrives in Marine One at Buckingham Palace, in London on day one of his three day state visit to the UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 3, 2019. See PA story ROYAL Trump. Photo credit should read: Toby Melville/PA Wire
U.S. First Lady Melania Trump meets Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, as she arrives at Buckingham Palace, in London, Britain, June 3, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville/Pool
U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump meet with Britain's Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall at Buckingham Palace, in London, Britain, June 3, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania are welcomed by Queen Elizabeth II and the Prince of Wales during the Ceremonial Welcome at Buckingham Palace, London, on day one of his three day state visit to the UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 3, 2019. See PA story ROYAL Trump. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
(left to right) Melania Trump, US President Donald Trump and Queen Elizabeth II arrive for the Ceremonial Welcome at Buckingham Palace, London, on day one of his three day state visit to the UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 3, 2019. See PA story ROYAL Trump. Photo credit should read: Victoria Jones/PA Wire
U.S. First Lady Melania Trump meets Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, as she arrives at Buckingham Palace, in London, Britain, June 3, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville/Pool
(left to right) The Duchess of Cornwall, the Prince of Wales, Melania Trump, US President Donald Trump and Queen Elizabeth II arrive for the Ceremonial Welcome at Buckingham Palace, London, on day one of his three day state visit to the UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 3, 2019. See PA story ROYAL Trump. Photo credit should read: Victoria Jones/PA Wire
US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania arrive in Marine One at Buckingham Palace, in London on day one of his three day state visit to the UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 3, 2019. See PA story ROYAL Trump. Photo credit should read: Toby Melville/PA Wire
U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump meet Britain's Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, as they arrive at Buckingham Palace, in London, Britain, June 3, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville/Pool
Queen Elizabeth II greets US President Donald Trump as he arrives for the Ceremonial Welcome at Buckingham Palace, London, on day one of his three day state visit to the UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 3, 2019. See PA story ROYAL Trump. Photo credit should read: Victoria Jones/PA Wire
U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrive at Buckingham Palace, in London, Britain, June 3, 2019. REUTERS/Toby Melville/Pool
Queen Elizabeth II greets US President Donald Trump as he arrives for the Ceremonial Welcome at Buckingham Palace, London, on day one of his three day state visit to the UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 3, 2019. See PA story ROYAL Trump. Photo credit should read: Victoria Jones/PA Wire
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 03: Queen Elizabeth II smiles as she officially welcomes US President Donald Trump (L) and First Lady Melania Trump (L) during their visit on June 03, 2019 at Buckingham Palace in London, England. President Trump's three-day state visit will include lunch with the Queen, and a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, as well as business meetings with the Prime Minister and the Duke of York, before travelling to Portsmouth to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (L) talks with US President Donald Trump (R) during a welcome ceremony at Buckingham Palace in central London on June 3, 2019, on the first day of the US president and First Lady's three-day State Visit to the UK. - Britain rolled out the red carpet for US President Donald Trump on June 3 as he arrived in Britain for a state visit already overshadowed by his outspoken remarks on Brexit. (Photo by TOBY MELVILLE / POOL / AFP)TOBY MELVILLE/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (C) stands with US President Donald Trump (R) and US First Lady Melania Trump (L) as they listen to the US national anthem during a welcome ceremony at Buckingham Palace in central London on June 3, 2019, on the first day of the US president and First Lady's three-day State Visit to the UK. - Britain rolled out the red carpet for US President Donald Trump on June 3 as he arrived in Britain for a state visit already overshadowed by his outspoken remarks on Brexit. (Photo by TOBY MELVILLE / POOL / AFP)TOBY MELVILLE/AFP/Getty Images
(L-R) US First Lady Melania Trump, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and US President Donald Trump watch an honour guard during a welcome ceremony at Buckingham Palace in central London on June 3, 2019, on the first day of their three-day State Visit to the UK. - Britain rolled out the red carpet for US President Donald Trump on June 3 as he arrived in Britain for a state visit already overshadowed by his outspoken remarks on Brexit. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP)MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images
(L-R) US First Lady Melania Trump, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall smile as they watch an honour guard during a welcome ceremony at Buckingham Palace in central London on June 3, 2019, on the first day of their three-day State Visit to the UK. - Britain rolled out the red carpet for US President Donald Trump on June 3 as he arrived in Britain for a state visit already overshadowed by his outspoken remarks on Brexit. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP)MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 03: Queen Elizabeth II smiles as she officially welcomes US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump (L) with Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (R) during their visit on June 03, 2019 at Buckingham Palace in London, England. President Trump's three-day state visit will include lunch with the Queen, and a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, as well as business meetings with the Prime Minister and the Duke of York, before travelling to Portsmouth to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (C) meets with US President Donald Trump (R) and US First Lady Melania Trump (L) during a welcome ceremony at Buckingham Palace in central London on June 3, 2019, on the first day of the US president and First Lady's three-day State Visit to the UK. - Britain rolled out the red carpet for US President Donald Trump on June 3 as he arrived in Britain for a state visit already overshadowed by his outspoken remarks on Brexit. (Photo by TOBY MELVILLE / POOL / AFP)TOBY MELVILLE/AFP/Getty Images
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 03: Queen Elizabeth II (second left) officially welcomes US President Donald Trump (C) and First Lady Melania Trump (L) with Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (R) Buckingham Palace on June 3, 2019 in London, England. President Trump's three-day state visit will include lunch with the Queen, and a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, as well as business meetings with the Prime Minister and the Duke of York, before travelling to Portsmouth to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. (Photo by Simon Dawson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 03: Queen Elizabeth II (2nd left) officially welcomes US President Donald Trump (C) and First Lady Melania Trump (L) with Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (R) Buckingham Palace on June 3, 2019 in London, England. President Trump's three-day state visit will include lunch with the Queen, and a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, as well as business meetings with the Prime Minister and the Duke of York, before travelling to Portsmouth to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. (Photo by Simon Dawson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 03: Queen Elizabeth II (second left) officially welcomes US President Donald Trump (C) and First Lady Melania Trump (L) with Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (R) during their visit on June 03, 2019 at Buckingham Palace in London, England. President Trump's three-day state visit will include lunch with the Queen, and a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, as well as business meetings with the Prime Minister and the Duke of York, before travelling to Portsmouth to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II greets US President Donald Trump as he arrives for the Ceremonial Welcome at Buckingham Palace, London, on day one of his three day state visit to the UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 3, 2019. See PA story ROYAL Trump. Photo credit should read: Victoria Jones/PA Wire
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders is seen in Buckingham Palace during the state visit of U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump to Britain, in London, Britain, June 3, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
Gearing up: Security preparations near the US Ambassador’s residence Winfield House, in Regent’s Park, London, ahead of Donald Trump’s visit to Britain. Photo: David Mirzoeff/PA Wire

Around 1,000 gardaí have been assigned to counties Clare and Limerick for the coming days.

Mr Trump will touch down on Wednesday afternoon at Shannon Airport, where he will hold a bilateral meeting with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.

He will be transported to Doonbeg by helicopter.

Road restrictions around the small village will come into force today.

Locals have been told to expect some routes to be closed and checkpoints to be set up on others.

Gardaí have put together a major security operation in co-operation with the Army, Navy and Air Corps.

Gardaí have put together a major security operation in co-operation with the Army, Navy and Air Corps.

Taxpayers will be hit with a bill in the region of €10m.

Security services are planning for the arrival of thousands of protesters near Shannon Airport on Wednesday - but they are not expecting any trouble.

A 'peace camp' is to be established with a variety of speakers and musicians scheduled to take part.

Organisers have said that the protest will be "family friendly".

Although Mr Trump will not travel to Dublin, a number of events are also planned for the capital.

A 'Stop Trump Ireland' coalition will stage a protest at the Garden of Remembrance on Thursday evening.

More than 30 organisations, including human rights, environmental, anti-racism, anti-war, LGBTQ, women, equality and migrant rights groups and political parties will take part.

Mr Trump will arrive in Ireland from Britain, where he will have been feted with a state reception courtesy of Queen Elizabeth.

But the Irish leg of his European tour will be much more low-key.

Mr Trump is due to fly to France on Thursday to attend a ceremony commemorating the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

Although his full schedule is still unconfirmed, the security plan is based on an assumption that the president will return to Shannon on Thursday evening and stay a further night in Doonbeg before returning to Washington on Friday. Doonbeg itself will be the focus of unprecedented security, led by the US Secret Service.

A no-fly zone will also be declared over the west Clare resort - and special anti-drone teams will be deployed around the golf course and the Doonbeg grounds.

Defences

While US security teams will largely travel by road, Mr Trump will shuttle around Ireland by 'Marine One', the Sikorsky VH-60M Whitehawk operated by a Marine Corps flight team. The helicopter, which boasts advanced security systems including anti-missile defences, was delivered to Shannon Airport by heavy-lift US air force aircraft.

The Doonbeg resort has been managed by Joe Russell for 16 years.

He previously said that the Trump family involvement had been "great for Doonbeg".

Mr Trump is likely to play some golf at his course before departing if the Irish weather permits.

Met Éireann's Pat Clarke told the Irish Independent that while temperatures will be cooler than average for the first week of June, the president can look forward to a placid wind.

"Overall, it's a cool week. There's showers from time to time and sunny spells.

"At the moment, sunshine and showers. There won't be much wind which is unusual," Mr Clarke said.

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