It seems that the major security operation needed during Trump’s visit to Ireland this week is set to cost taxpayers a small fortune.
The US president is arriving at Shannon Airport on Wednesday, where he will meet with Taoiseach Varadkar, and will spend two nights at his resort in Doonbeg, Co Clare before returning to Washington D.C. on Friday.
He will also fly out to France for a commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings on Thursday before returning to Doonbeg that night for another overnight stay.
The Independent reports that security for Trump is expected to cost €10 million, with a ‘ring of steel’ being erected around him while he is in Ireland.
A major security operation has been organised by Gardaí along with the army, navy and air corps, and around 1,000 gardaí have been placed on standby in Clare and Limerick.
The huge security presence will be led by the US Secret Service and road restrictions will be in place around Doonbeg as of today.
Traffic entering Shannon Airport is also being monitored around the clock and airport passengers are asked to add an extra 15 minutes onto their travel time due to the extra security measures.
Thousands of protesters are expected to be in attendance at Shannon Airport on Wednesday when Trump arrives, and a Stop Trump protest has also been organised at Dublin’s Garden of Remembrance on Thursday evening.