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Pope’s Dublin visit to cost €20m


Pope Francis’ five day visit to Dublin next summer is going to cost an estimated €20m according to Archbishop Diarmaid Martin who was speaking on The Sean O’Rourke Show on RTE Radio 1 yesterday.

He also said fund raising has already begun to meet the cost and a contribution from the Vatican has not been ruled out.

The Pope will be in the country from August 21st to the 26th where he is expected to attend the World Meeting Of Families in Dublin

Archbishop Martin (72) told Sean O Rourke:

“It is going to cost over €20 million because there is the cost of gathering people together, of security and technology that is needed.

“We have had church collections and they would bring in about €5m, the rest will come from fundraising, I don’t know how much a concert in Croke Park normally costs but we are anxious that families can attend without them experiencing any financial difficulties.

“We won’t charge anything for children.”