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Saturday 16 December 2017

Security for First Lady to cause traffic delays

US First Lady Michelle Obama is to take a tour of Dublin along with her two daughters
US First Lady Michelle Obama is to take a tour of Dublin along with her two daughters

Tom Brady Security Editor

A security operation to safeguard US First Lady Michelle Obama and her two daughters when they visit Dublin will result in traffic disruption in the south city on Monday and Tuesday.

Senior officers stressed that the city centre would remain open for business but acknowledged the restrictions would lead to delays and detours.

Gardai said they were mindful of second- and third-level examinations taking place in schools and colleges in the city centre and had liaised with the education authorities in the area.

They said pupils sitting exams should allow extra time for their journeys.

The longest diversions will be around the Shelbourne Hotel, where the Obamas will stay on Monday night.

Officers said peaceful protests would be facilitated but that plans had been drawn up to deal with any troublemakers.

Road closures will be implemented at certain times on Monday and Tuesday to allow the Obamas to visit a number of locations.

City-centre traffic arrangements include:

* Closing Kildare St to through traffic from 6pm tomorrow until Tuesday evening with local access only allowed.

* Affected Dublin Bus vehicles will rejoin their routes via Hume Street/St Stephen's Green or Merrion Square east.

* Parking restrictions will be in place on St Stephen's Green east and north and Molesworth St from 6pm tomorrow until Tuesday evening.

Dart and Luas services won't be affected.

Operation Shield, which will involve 900 gardai in four border counties as part of the security for the G8 summit at Lough Erne resort, is not expected to result in traffic delays.

Irish Independent

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