Government Expected To Approve €17.5m To Cover Garda Expenses Of Trump-Pence Visits

The Dáil is expected to approve a €17.5m supplementary budget this month, to cover the Garda spend for the visits of Donald Trump and Mike Pence to Doonbeg.

It had initially been stated that the money would come from Garda resources but the force’s overtime budget was depleted by September, resulting in an overtime ban.

The Justice Minister confirmed in October that the government would foot the bill.


It’s now to be considered by the Dáil, with the additional funding covering the policing costs of both visits, as well as the purchase of mobile apps for the force to allow officers make roadside checks on vehicles.

The final cost of policing the Trump visit is estimated at almost €12m, while the Pence visit incurred Garda costs of close to €3m.