MANOEUVRES by gardaí in west Cork in recent weeks were being done to train recruits on new motorcycles and were not in preparation for any VIP visitors to the region.
That is according to Chief Superintendent Con Cadogan, who said that four members of the roads policing unit were being trained over recent weeks in using two new high powered motorcycles which have been allocated to the division.
An instructor was brought from the Garda College in Templemore to deliver the training. Chief Supt Cadogan said the measure was a cost-saving measure, as it is cheaper to bring one instructor than having four gardaí travel to Templemore.
As part of the training, the four gardaí and their instructor were spotted in different areas of west Cork, including Clonakilty, leading to local speculation that VIPs such as Melania Trump were planning a visit to Inchydoney while President Donald Trump travels today to France for D Day commemorations.
Rumours also suggested that King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands were expected in Inchydoney during their short visit to Cork on June 14.
However, Chief Supt Cadogan rubbished any such speculation.
He said the two new motorcycles are 1,200 cc engines, compared with the 750cc motorcycles previously used by the divisional roads policing unit.