Banner welcoming queen is removed
Published 07/05/2011 | 05:00
A prominent banner welcoming Queen Elizabeth II to Ireland has been removed in controversial circumstances.
The 50ft-high banner had been hanging in front of the Gibson Hotel at the Point Village in Dublin. It welcomed the queen and US President Barack Obama, and featured their faces. It is understood the banner was removed after the hotel received serious threats, which have been reported to gardai.
Meanwhile, local independent councillor Cieran Perry contacted Dublin City Council's planning enforcement department and lodged a complaint about the banner, which he branded an insult.
It is the second banner referring to the British monarch that has been removed in recent weeks. On March 17, publican John Stokes was forced to remove a 40ft banner "barring the queen" that he had hung outside his pub, the Players Lounge in Fairview, Dublin.