Government to spend an estimated €1.2 million on Pope visit to Dublin this August 4 years ago

Government to spend an estimated €1.2 million on Pope visit to Dublin this August

The amount is set to cover the two-day visit.

It was revealed a few weeks ago that the Holy Father will take part in the ‘Festival of Families’ at Croke Park on Saturday 25 August and will be the chief celebrant at Holy Mass in the Phoenix Park on Sunday 26 August.

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Today, it is being reported that the Government has estimated €1.2 million to spend on temporary public address systems, CCTV cameras and radio communications for the visit.

The Irish Times have stated that in the tender documents for these temporary additions, the Office of Government Procurement is seeking tenders for “a managed solution” for the papal visit, which will include CCTV systems, a secure communications network and event-control services, adding "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."

Over the weekend, the Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, spoke about looking forward to the visit, while describing The Pope as "a complex figure, not all smiles. He's determined, he knows when people are not being true to him, not being loyal to him. He's nobody's fool. When he wants to do something, he'll do it."

"He's a free man", the Archbishop added, "he's in nobody's pocket."

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Meanwhile, those who are hoping to attend will want to read up on all the necessary details in securing a ticket.