EXCLUSIVE: Over €25,000 spent on US Vice President Joe Biden's visit to Ireland

Figures also show large sums spent on the Prince of Wales and Donald Tusk

EXCLUSIVE: Over €25,000 spent on US Vice President Joe Biden's visit to Ireland

US Vice President Joe Biden speaking at an event in Dublin Castle | image: RollingNews.ie

The Government spent €25,581 on the visit of US Vice President Joe Biden earlier this year.

A further €32,838 was spent on the visits of Britain's Prince of Wales, French President Francois Hollande and European Council President Donald Tusk.

Figures from the Department of Foreign Affairs show €10,000 was spent on airport fees for Mr Biden's visit here in June.

A further €12,497 was spent on his transport costs.

US Vice President Joe Biden's convoy on his visit to Ireland | Image: Rollingnews.ie 

That is slightly less than the €12,837 transport bill for Prince Charles and his wife Camilla during their one-day visit to Donegal in May.

The visit of the British royals also incurred a €1,422 photography bill, with a further €1,161 spent on catering.

Documents released under the Freedom of Information Act show €12,401 was spent on French President Francois Hollande's official visit to Dublin in the wake of the Brexit vote.

While the State incurred fees of €2,833 for European Council President Donald Tusk's visit to speak with Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

The figures - which total €58,419 - do not include the amount spent on security operations or garda overtime.

 
Documentsupplied to Newstalk outlining costs | Source: Department of Foreign Affairs