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Security ramps up ahead of Charles and Camilla’s visit to Ireland

The Gardai (the police force of Ireland) are carrying out a massive surveillance operation against dissident Republicans before the visit of The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall to Ireland this month.

Charles last visited the Republic of Ireland in 2002. This will be his first official joint visit with the Duchess of Cornwall.

Charles last visited the Republic of Ireland in 2002. This will be his first official joint visit with the Duchess of Cornwall.

The Special Detective Unit (SDU) has ramped up investigations leading to the arrival of Charles and Camilla.

The four-day visit by the royal couple to Ireland and Northern Ireland is scheduled for 19th through 23rd May.

Reports in Dublin hint The Prince and Duchess may visit County Sligo. They may also visit Lissadell House and Drumcliffe Church, the burial spot of Poet WB Yeats. Royal Central will report on exact details as they are released.

The area is important to The Prince of Wales. On 27 August 1979, tragedy struck when the Prince’s great-uncle, Lord Mountbatten, one of his twin grandson’s, Nicholas, and a local boat boy, Paul Maxwell also were murdered. An IRA bomb ripped apart the boat they were on in Mullaghmore in County Sligo in the Irish Republic.

Another passenger on the boat, the Dowager Lady Brabourne, died the day after the attack from injuries sustained in the blast.

The reports that: “Gardai are well on top of everything, and things are not as tense as they were ahead of the visit of Queen Elizabeth in 2011. However, there can be no room for complacency and detailed policing plans are being drawn up.”

Just like the visit of Her Majesty in 2011, the Gardai will be stationed throughout the routes where there may be a possible threat. Areas of high focus are street intersections and abandoned buildings. Marksman are to be positioned in various locations and manhole covers are to be sealed.

Clarence House announced the trip was being held at the request of the British government.

“Planning is still in progress, and more details will be released in due course,” Clarence House said in a statement.

Charles made the first official visit to the State by a member of the British royal family since independence when on 31 May 1995 when he travelled to Dublin.

The Prince made a second official visit in 2002. In April 2014, they welcomed Irish President Michael D Higgins to the UK during his state visit.

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