Donald Trump’s golf trip to Doonbeg Resort will cost taxpayers €1million as he is entitled to security protections

Donald Trump will face “high-intensity” Garda security during his visit to Ireland in the coming weeks – with the taxpayer set to foot a bill expected to exceed €1million.

he former US President will visit his five star golf resort in Doonbeg, Co Clare for a two to three day visit to play golf. He is expected to arrive in a private jet from August 25 and depart before August 30.

Security sources have confirmed that while Trump is not the incumbent US President, gardaí are obliged to protect him from any threats at all costs while in Ireland. This is a “high-intensity” security plan in cooperation with US intelligence that has already been implemented.

“It may come as a surprise to the general public, but while he is no longer US President, he is still entitled to protection from any threats he may face in our state,” a security source said.

“The Irish taxpayer then pays for this, which understandably many people don’t like, given that Trump not only visits Ireland as a private golfer, but is also a deeply unpopular former world leader.”


Donald Trump’s Doonbeg Golf Course and Hotel in Co Clare. Picture by Niall Carson

A separate source linked to Garda headquarters said each former US president would also be provided with security. However, Trump does not receive the same protection during a visit as incumbent US President Joe Biden.

“There will be a reasonable level of security during Trump’s visit, not at the level of the incumbent US President.

“But as a former US President, he is still entitled to his Secret Service for life.

“They still refer to him as President Trump. Gardaí are linked to the Secret Service.”

In recent weeks, the Special Detective Unit, in cooperation with US authorities, including the Secret Service, has been investigating possible threats that criminal elements could have for Trump.

The Irish taxpayer then pays for this afterwards, which understandably many do not like

Plainclothes members of the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) are then responsible for security details while he is in Ireland.

Garda divers are also being deployed to ensure no explosives have been planted in waters where Trump is nearby — most notably the River Shannon. The former US President is to fly to Shannon Airport.

His golf resort and hotel are fully searched for explosives and other viable threats each day during his visit, including the course bunkers and water hazards.

If Trump intends to make trips from Doonbeg, an advance team from the ERU will scan the area for potential threats.

Garda sniper teams will be manning rooftops and on standby in case he visits a location where there is potential for large groups.

Before traveling to Ireland, the former White House resident and his party will also visit and play golf at one of his Scottish resorts, Trump Turnberry. Donald Trump’s golf trip to Doonbeg Resort will cost taxpayers €1million as he is entitled to security protections

Fry Electronics Team

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