650 Cork gardaí being redeployed for Trump visit

650 Cork gardaí being redeployed for Trump visit

President Donald Trump pictures recently . Picture: Evan Vucci

UP to 650 gardaí from Cork are being deployed to Clare next week for the visit of US President Donald Trump, while gardaí remaining in Cork will be placed on 12-hour shifts to cover for them.

They will be among 1,500 gardaí who will be on duty in Clare for the visit.

More than 300 are expected to be deployed from the city division, while the others will be from Cork West and Cork North Garda divisions.

Leave and rest days have been cancelled for gardaí in the southern and western garda region to provide cover in Shannon and Doonbeg from Monday.

President Trump and the First Lady, Melania, are scheduled to arrive in Shannon airport on Wednesday at the conclusion of his three-day State visit to the UK. They will overnight in Ireland, at his golf resort in Doonbeg in west Clare. The following morning, the couple will leave for Normandy to attend the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

It is now expected that they will return for a second overnight at Doonbeg, before flying back to the US.

The deployment from Cork for the security operation will be drawn from rank and file gardaí, as well as sergeants and inspectors.

Garda sources said leave is not being granted to gardaí in the western and southern regions during the visit, and rest days are cancelled.

One source said: “There are five units in every division, and three units out of five [in each Cork division] are going. The other two units are working around-the-clock 12-hour shifts. Rest days are being cancelled to allow all hands on deck.”

Representatives of all Garda organisations, including the Garda Representative Association and the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors, attended a meeting in Ennis yesterday to discuss the operation itself, as well as issues including accommodation for the large influx of garda personnel.

Shannon will have a large garda presence, as President Trump arrives into the airport. A meeting with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is scheduled to take place there.

Protestors are expected at Shannon to highlight opposition to US foreign policy and to President Trump.

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