Thursday 27 October 2016

Britain's Prince Charles will meet Gerry Adams during visit

Britain's Prince Charles and Camilla
Britain's Prince Charles and Camilla

PRINCE Charles will meet Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams today during his two-day visit to Ireland.

Mr Adams will sit down with the heir to the British throne at an event in Galway after Sinn Fein’s Ard Comhairle at the weekend authorised the encounter.

Separately, gardai have revealed they are treating the threat level to Charles and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, as moderate, saying they have “no specific intelligence relating to any specific threat”.

Speaking at a media briefing before the visit, a garda spokesman said they considered the visit a “very high-security event” and would treat it accordingly.

“Our threat level is pitched at moderate, meaning an attack is possible but not likely. We have no specific intelligence relating to any specific threats. Having said that, we won’t be taking any chances,” he said when asked about the dissident threat.

Food fit for a Duchess and even a new cocktail named in her honour will greet Camilla in Galway.

The city and county have been gearing up for the royal visit with a frantic spring clean, detailed security checks and even a new cocktail to commemorate the event.

At the House Hotel in the city, Camilla will be offered a selection of the finest foods the Wild Atlantic Way has to offer.

But the highlight will be presenting her with a new cocktail created in her honour.


“We’re calling it The Duchess and it includes Mumm champagne, Dingle gin and elderflower and we understand she is a big fan of elderflower,” said Aislinn O’Driscoll, the hotel’s sales and marketing manager.

Camilla will visit almost 300 children and 70 staff at St Nicholas’ National School in Claddagh, which caters for children of 42 nationalities.

Principal Michael Gallagher said the school has been “a hive of activity” over recent weeks.

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