LARGE numbers of Gardai from the North west including the Sligo Leitrim division have been called upon to help with operational and security duties during this week’s visit from the Queen.
Britian’s Queen Elizabeth II arrived in Ireland yesterday, 100 years on since her father visited Dublin. The Queen will spen three days touring the country.
The visit has attracted the largest security operation in the history of the state is in place amid fears dissident republicans will try to disrupt the trip.
Several significant engagements will be held in Dublin and Cork, Kildare and Tipperary during the royal state visit. The Queen will visit Croke Park, the scene of a massacre by British troops in 1920, and attend a wreath laying ceremony at the Garden of Remembrance, which honours those who died for Irish freedom.
She will also pay tribute to the 49,400 Irish soldiers who died in the First World War at the Irish National War Memorial Garden.
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