Motorists advised of traffic restrictions for Obama visit

Motorists are being warned to expect major traffic restrictions in Dublin city on Monday afternoon, during an address by the US President Barack Obama.

Motorists advised of traffic restrictions for Obama visit

Motorists are being warned to expect major traffic restrictions in Dublin city on Monday afternoon, during an address by the US President Barack Obama.

Thousands are expected to turn out on Dublin's College Green for the speech by the US president who will spend just 24 hours in Ireland.

College Green, Dame Street and the Phoenix Park, as well as the North and South Quays will be affected.

Traffic restrictions will also be in place on the M7 motorway in Tipperary as President Obama visits his ancestral home in Moneygall, Co Offally.

Superintendent John Gilligan from the Garda Press Office is urging people to visit the garda website www.garda.ie for detailed information on traffic restrictions.

Main traffic restrictions to note:

TIPPERARY

- There is currently no exit from the Motorway at Junction 23 into Moneygall.

- From 1pm on Monday the M7 motorway at Junction 22 (Roscrea) to Junction 25 (Nenagh) will be closed with diversions in place. It is anticipated that the motorway will re-open at 4:30pm.

- The R445 (old N7) will also be closed to traffic during this time between Toomevara and Dunkerrin. Alternative routes will be put in place and motorists are asked to follow the signage and directions of gardai on duty.

DUBLIN

- The Phoenix Park will be closed to all vehicular traffic, cyclists and pedestrians on Monday, and Dublin Zoo will be closed.

- A celebration event to mark the visit of President Obama to Ireland will take place on College Green. Access to the event will be free, non ticket and the event is open to the public from 2pm - there will be one entrance for the event which will be at the intersection of Parliament St and Dame St. There will also be a large screen at Christchurch on which people can view the event.

- Dart and Luas services will run as normal however there will be some adjustments to Dublin Bus and Bus Eireann routes.

- Traffic restrictions are currently in place around College Green and Dame St, and traffic will not be able to access Westmoreland St from Dame St.

- From 6am tomorrow morning the following routes will be closed to traffic: College Green,

D’Olier St, Westmoreland St, College St, Dame St, Lord Edward St and Parliament St. Further restrictions and diversions will also be in place throughout the city centre.

- From 6am to 11am tomorrow roads and lanes around Merrion Square will also be closed, including Merrion St Upper, Merrion Square West, Merrion Square South, Baggot Street (Merrion Row – Pembroke Street) and Merrion Row.

- Roads around the US Embassy in Ballsbridge will also be subject to closures between 6am and 2pm tomorrow, including Clyde Road, Elgin Road, Wellington Place and Wellington Road.

- On the M50, junction 7 at Lucan will be closed, with diversions in place, from 10am to 9pm tomorrow.

- Dublin Airport will remain open for the duration of the visit, with traffic restrictions in place between 9am and 10am tomorrow on some perimeter roads and passengers advised to allow extra time for their journey.

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