Former Garda Astounded by Security for Papal Visit

A Tipperary man says he’s astounded at the amount of security needed for Pope Francis’ visit this month.

Michael Egan from Thurles is a former Garda, and was tasked with protecting the then Pontiff John Paul ii on his last visit in 1979.

This time the State is planning to spend over 3 million euro in security for the visit – with extra Gardai in patrol, as well as extra deployment of CCTV and even the use of drones to prevent any trouble during the visit.

Michael Egan says the same wasn’t needed 40 years ago…