US President Joe Biden to visit Dublin on Thursday next

Dublin Airport passengers and Dublin motorists are reminded of localised road closures/ security measures during the visit

by Rose Barrett
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US President Joe Biden will visit Dublin on Thursday next, April 13. Passengers travelling to/from Dublin Airport are advised to be aware of possible delays on late Wednesday and Friday evening, owing to localised road closures, additional security measures, etc.

Air Force One will land in Belfast this afternoon where the US President is expected to be greeted by UK Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak to mark the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Good Friday Agreement. A bilateral meeting with PM Sunak will be held and the US President will address a gathering at Ulster University tomorrow to mark the occasion.

This is part of President Biden’s five-day visit to Ireland. Tomorrow’s visit will primarily be concentrated in Co Louth from late afternoon when the US Number One will visit the grave of his ancestors.

He is further rumoured locally to pay a visit to Ruby Ellen’s Tea Rooms on Wednesday and enjoy an Irish breakfast! He previously visited Cooley, a small community in Louth where President Biden has relatives remaining.

However, on Thursday, April 13, the President’s visit will be concentrated in the Phoenix Park where he will meet with Uachtarán na hEireann Micheal D Higgins and his wife, Sabina, before he will visit Dublin South City Centre.

While normal operations will continue at Dublin Airport, passengers travelling to and from the airport are advised to allow additional time due to possible rolling road closures, particularly late Wednesday and early Friday.

“In general, traffic restrictions for the visit will be kept to the minimum required and it is intended that any impact on the public will be localised and minimal,” said the Garda Press Office.”

However, the public can expect localised road closures to facilitate events and temporary road closures to facilitate security escorts over the course of the visit in the republic.

“The following Traffic Management measures, for security reasons, are currently in place: Tuesday, April 11 from 7am, Earlsfort Terrace closed to traffic, pedestrian access to businesses on Earlsfort Terrace via Hatch Street only (until Saturday 15).

“Wednesday 12/Thursday 13 April – Phoenix Park will be closed to all access, traffic and pedestrians, from 5pm Wednesday 12 – 5pm on Thursday 13 (arrangements are in place for local access ONLY)” said the Garda Press Office.

Feature Image: Left Former Us President Barack Obama who visited Ireland in 2011, with current serving President Joe Biden who will visit Dublin later this week

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