Saturday 16 December 2017

Phoenix Park disruption for Biden arrival

Mr Biden will land in Dublin this evening. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
Mr Biden will land in Dublin this evening. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

A huge security operation to protect US vice-president Joe Biden as he travels around Ireland will begin tonight with the closure of the Phoenix Park.

Mr Biden will land in Dublin this evening on board Air Force Two and be immediately driven under garda escort to Government Buildings, where he will be welcomed by the Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

He will stay in the American ambassador's residence in the Phoenix Park for most of his six-day visit, which will result in significant traffic disruption.

The vice-president's itinerary also includes an overnight in Mayo and a day trip to Louth.

Mr Biden wants to trace his family roots in both counties.

His ancestors, the Finnegans and the Blewitts, emigrated during the Famine. Mr Biden also has a long- standing invitation from the Taoiseach to play golf.

Rolling road closures will be put in place while Mr Biden is in these areas as part of the security operation that is estimated to cost around €5m.

Phoenix Park will be closed to all traffic and pedestrians each night from 11pm to 6.30am.

There will be no parking on Chesterfield Avenue, Ordnance Survey Road or on the North Road to Ashtown Gate.

Parking restrictions will also be in place on Wellington Road to allow for free movement of traffic.

Irish Independent

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