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Message from An Garda Síochána: Visit of President Barack Obama on the 23/24 May 2011

Details of the visit to Dublin and Moneygall of the President of the United State Barack Obama on 23rd and 24th of May 2011 are still being finalised.

An Garda Síochána is not yet therefore in a position to provide detailed traffic management information regarding route restrictions and closures. We plan to be in a position to do so early tomorrow afternoon. In the interim we can provide the following information.

Traffic restrictions for the visit should not impact on commuter traffic into Dublin city on Monday morning up until 10 a.m. (Other than commuters who use routes through the Phoenix Park which will be closed to traffic – see below).

Dame Street area road closures:

From 0600hrs Saturday 21st May traffic restrictions will be put in place in College Green, Dublin City Centre. 

Traffic travelling along D’Olier Street can access College Green (restricted to one lane) and travel along Grafton Street Lower, Nassau Street ONLY. 



to Dame Street.  

Traffic WILL NOT be able to access Westmoreland Street from Dame Street.  

Traffic, with the exception of Dublin Bus and access, will be diverted at Christchurch Place along Nicholas Street or Winetavern Street.

No right turn from South Great Georges Street onto Dame Street. 

Dublin Bus will be running amended routes to facilitate this restriction. 


Parking Restrictions

Existing NO Parking restrictions will continue along the following streets and some adjacent streets until 24th May 2011

Chesterfield Avenue, North Quays, South Quays, Parkgate Street, D’Olier Street, Westmoreland Street, College Street, Grafton Street, Nassau Street, South Leinster Street, Lincoln Place, Westland Row, Pearse Street, Christchurch Place, Lord Edward Street, Dame Street, Merrion Square (all sides), Merrion Street, Fitzwilliam Place

FurtherNO Parking Restrictions will be implemented commencing Saturday 21st May in addition to the normal parking restrictions on the following streets and some adjacent streets:

Mount Street, Northumberland Road, Baggot Street, Pembroke Road, Raglan Road, Clyde Road, Herbert Park

Barriers will be positioned along all or some of the above routes during the above period. Barriers also remain stacked in locations along streets and members of the public are asked to exercise caution in their vicinity. 

Additional NO PARKING will also continue in direct vicinity of all sites which are part of the Presidential Visit.

Phoenix Park:

Arrangements for the Phoenix Park are as follows - Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd:

The Phoenix Park will be closed to all vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians, with the exception of patrons visiting Dublin Zoo, on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd May 2011.

restrictions in the Phoenix Park continue. 

Dublin Zoo will be open from 9.30am – 6pm Saturday 21st and 9.30am – 4pm Sunday 22nd. Public access via Parkgate Street gate ONLY. Parking will be in the designated car park ONLY.  

to the Phoenix Park except Dublin Zoo.

Monday 23rd: 

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

Other Routes:

The public can expect temporary road closures on the following routes over the course of Monday and on Tuesday morning:

North and South quays, adjacent streets and bridges

At the N4/M50 Interchange traffic travelling towards the city will be diverted North or South along the M50 Motorway and should access the City Centre along the North or South City Routes.

Access to Palmerstown Village and Ballyfermot is via Liffey Valley, Coldcut Road.

Non-motorway traffic should divert either as above or at Woodies interchange along the Outer Ring Road. 

College Green Event:

Members of the public attending the event at College Green must enter through a security point at the intersection of Parliament Street and Dame Street in front of Dublin Castle. Members of the public should either proceed from the north on Parliament Street or from the west on Dame Street. This will be the only access point for the event. This event is free of charge and tickets are not required.

To facilitate the large number of people expected to attend, security gates will open at 2pm on the day. Please allow plenty of time to get to the event as many streets will be closed to traffic and parking in the city will be limited.  

General Information and Advice:

An Garda Síochána are working to ensure that the nature and scale of our policing and security operation continues to be proportionate to the need to protect everyone’s safety. Our objective is to share as much information with the public as we can as soon as we are in a position to do so.

Real-time updates during the visit will be provided through:

Press releases
Garda website
@gardatraffic on Twitter
Garda Facebook page
Variable Message Signs (VMS) 


Business and commercial activity will continue in Dublin city.

Diversions and rolling road closures will be flagged in advance.

Gardaí will maintain a high visible presence both outside the city environs and in the city centre to facilitate traffic movement, assist members of the public and minimise disruption to workers, shoppers, students and visitors to the city centre.

We would ask members of the public to heed the advice and instructions of gardaí and we thank them for their continuing co-operation.

People should use public transport where possible. Where there are amendments to routes and/or timetables that information will be communicated to the travelling public and commuters are advised to check for timetable and route changes closer to their journey time. There may be brief disruptions to public transport.

Existing Park and Ride facilities continue to be available and are advertised.

People are advised to plan their journeys in advance including routes and parking options at their final destination. They should also confirm appointments prior to travelling.

The public is advised to leave extra time for their journeys and to expect some congestion and delays.

Gardaí will continue to liaise with business and local residents in the key locations and will continue to communicate directly with them during the visit.

Any private and commercial vehicles seeking to access Dublin city centre may face delays and they may also encounter parking restrictions when they reach their destination. Private and commercial vehicles seeking to cross the city are encouraged to use the existing orbital routes and also to follow diversions.

Pedestrians in city centres will be limited to crossing streets and roads at designated crossing points due to the erection of barriers along key routes.
Garda Press Office.