The Dáil has heard that the visits by the British Queen and US President earlier this year cost €36m, which was €16m more than was anticipated.

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter said that the outstanding funding required by gardaí for the visits is being met.

He was responding to Fianna Fáil's Dara Calleary, who asked if the budget for garda programmes had been curtailed to pay for the visits.

The Minister said €15m was provided to the gardaí directly in respect of the visits.

He said the gardaí did not request an additional sum because it was not required due to efficiencies effected.

Mr Shatter also told the Dáil he has received the review of garda services from the Garda Commissioner and an announcement will be made next week in relation to savings in this area.

In response to questions in the Dáil, the Minister said there was no reason for any community to be alarmed regarding possible Garda station closures.

The objective of the review is to make policing more effective.