Pope's Visit

State Spent €4.2 Million On Gardai Overtime For Pope’s Visit

Elaine Stenson
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Pope Francis’ visit to Ireland cost €4.2 million in Garda overtime, according to new figures.

The Pontiff’s 38-hour visit to Dublin and Knock came before mass in the Phoneix Park last August.

His trip to Knock Shrine in Mayo contributed to Mayo’s Garda overtime bill increasing by 19 per cent.

Meanwhile, policing Dublin’s inner-city gangland feud has resulted in €12 million in overtime for guards.