Doonbeg locked down for Pence family function

Doonbeg locked down for Pence family function

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U.S. Vice-President's cavalcade arrives in Doonbeg

U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence's cavalade arrives at Trump Internation in Doonbeg – Entire cavalcade took over three minutes to pass.

Posted by The Clare Herald on Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Gardaí used metal detectors to search the banks of the Doonbeg River – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2019

Last minute security sweeps are being carried out in Doonbeg Co Clare as the village is locked down while U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence dines with relatives at a local restaurant this evening.

The main street in Doonbeg, part of the main N67 route, has been closed and traffic diversions put in place as part of the major security operation.

Mr Pence returned to Shannon Airport from Dublin at around 5.40pm after attending a number of engagements in the capital during the the day.

The Vice-President will dine at Morrissey’s Restaurant which is run by distant cousin Hugh McNally and where he worked behind the bar for a time during a visit in the 1980s.

– Photo: © Pat Flynn 2019

This afternoon, Gardaí, U.S. military personnel and Secret Service agents have been preparing for the security operation. U.S. personnel, including K-9 units, deployed sniffer dogs throughout the building and local area to search for explosives.

There is a significant Garda presence in the area with dozens of uniformed and plainclothes members while mobile teams including Armed Support Units patrol the village.

Gardaí have been issued with handheld metal detectors for security screening while other officers have been searching the locality including the banks of the Doonbeg River for anything suspicious.

The street main street through the was closed shortly after 6.00pm with metal barriers blocking any access the area around Morrissey’s restaurant.

Before the ring of steel was erected, tourists had been stopping outside Morrissey’s to take photographs.

The traffic restrictions are expected to be lifted around 10.00pm while security will remain tight at the Trump family’s hotel and golf resort until Mr Pence departs tomorrow.

Sniffer dogs were also deployed during the security operation – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2019
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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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