\"Bill

Bill Clinton Photo by: Getty

Bill Clinton to pick up a reported $250,000 for Limerick University speech

\"Bill

Bill Clinton Photo by: Getty

Former US President Bill Clinton was the guest of honour at an awards ceremony in Limerick on Saturday – with Irish entrepreneur JP McManus picking up the tab.

Clinton is reported to be earning a quarter of a million dollars for his speech to 600 guests at the University of Limerick event.

Billionaire McManus has refused to comment on newspaper reports that he is picking up the $250,000 tab.

The former US President attracted 40,000 people to the streets of Limerick for his last visit in 1998.

But Saturday’s event was strictly by invitation only and was secured by the US secret service. Parts of the University of Limerick campus will be a no-go area for the duration of the visit according to a report in the Irish Times.

Clinton was due to fly in and out of Shannon airport by private jet with McManus admitting the visit was arranged with ‘difficulty.'

He told the paper: “I did it with the help of friends. I got a friend of mine to make an inquiry.

“He was given a few days that would work for us so he picked November 17th. He is in Europe flying around and this is an extra pit stop.”

A spokeswoman for McManus said they were making ‘absolutely no comment’ on the reports of a $250,000 price tag for the Clinton stopover.

COMMENTS

Log in with your social accounts:

Or, log in with your IrishCentral account:

Forgot your password ?

Don't have an account yet? Register now !

Join IrishCentral with your social accounts:


Already have an account ?

For Newsletter Subscribers – Draw for 1 Prize on December 31st.

Prize: Your Piece of Ireland – a Square of Land in the heart of the Glens of Antrim, Ireland

More details here (or you can buy a little piece of Ireland directly): http://bit.ly/1zew9ox

Terms & Conditions

Or, sign up for an IrishCentral account below:

By clicking above you are indicating that you have read & agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy.


Make sure we gathered the correct information from you

By clicking above you are indicating that you have read & agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy.


You already have an account on IrishCentral! Please confirm you're the owner.


Our new policy requires our users to save a first and last name. Please update your account: