Car firm paid €82k to ferry the Obamas

A Wicklow car hire service was paid over €82,000 ($114,000) to ferry around the US first lady, her two daughters, and entourage during a short visit to Dublin last June.

Car firm paid €82k to ferry the Obamas

Michelle Obama travelled to Dublin and the Wicklow Mountains while President Barack Obama was in Co Fermanagh for the G8 summit.

Documents released under Freedom of Information reveal the total cost for the overnight visit was over €180,000.

The documents were released after watchdog group, Judicial Watch, launched a legal action for the information.

Flight costs to move the president, Mrs Obama, and the White House team from the US to and around Ireland came to €5.48m.

As President Obama headed to the G8 on the shores of Lough Erne, Mrs Obama and her children, Sasha and Malia flew to Dublin on Monday, June 17.

Dozens of rooms at the Shelbourne and Westbury Hotels were booked. The bill for the Shelbourne was just over €50,500, the Westbury, €38,562.

JP Ward and Sons of Bray was given the job of ferrying the group around Dublin and Wicklow at a total cost of €82,814.

They visited Trinity College, met with staff at the US embassy, and then attended a performance of Riverdance at the Gaiety Theatre.

On Tuesday, they had lunch in Finnegan’s of Dalkey and spent time in the Wicklow Mountains National Park.

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