Security Budget For Papal Visit To Top One Million Euro

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The government is likely to spend €1.2m on a communications system for the Papal visit, according to tender documents. The Office of Public Works is looking for tenders to provide a public address system, CCTV cameras and radio communications.

The pontiff is due to visit Dublin in August for the Festival of Families at Croke Park before celebrating mass at the Phoenix Park. Pope Francis is scheduled for August 25th and 26th, when he attends the World Meeting of Families.

He will attend the Festival of Families at Croke Park and celebrate Mass in Phoenix Park the following day, where Pope John Paul II celebrated Mass in front of an estimated one million plus attendance in September 1979.

Further details of the Pope’s visit have yet to be announced. However, the government’s advertisement for tender may contain a clue about an additional engagement: it lists Dublin Castle as a location where the event services will be required.

”The Commissioners for Public Works in Ireland is seeking to procure the provision of a managed solution for papal visit 2018 at locations including Dublin Castle and Phoenix Park”.

The Festival of Families at Croke Park on August 25 is described as a ‘concert-type event’ celebrating ‘family life around the world that will feature musical and dance performances, as well as five selected families from around the world giving witness to their family’s faith’.