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Dubliners warned of traffic restrictions as the Obama family comes to town

Michelle, Malia and Sasha Obama are coming to Dublin for two days while their husband and father is at the G8.

Sasha, Michelle and Malia Obama will be in town next week while Barack attends the G8.
Sasha, Michelle and Malia Obama will be in town next week while Barack attends the G8.
Image: Frank Franklin II/AP

GARDAÍ HAVE ADVISED motorists that a traffic management plan will be in place in the Dublin 2 area next Monday and Tuesday to allow for security arrangements for the visit of the Obama family.

The First Lady, Michelle Obama, and her children Malia and Sasha will be staying in Dublin while their husband and father, US President Barack Obama, attends the G8 summit across the border at the Lough Erne Resort in Fermanagh.

Kildare Street will be closed to traffic from 6pm Sunday until Tuesday evening, while local parking restrictions will be in place on the north and eastern sides of St Stephen’s Green and Molesworth Street during the same hours.

Temporary rolling road closures may also be in effect for a short time to facilitate the family’s movement.

Gardaí say the city centre remains open for business and have recommended that travellers plan their journeys in advance, leaving in good time and making any allowances for any temporary route changes for public transport services.

Gardaí said they were particularly mindful of students sitting second and third level exams in the city centre, and urged them to allow extra time for their journeys on Monday and Tuesday.

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They added that they would focus on facilitating peaceful protests, should any be mounted, but were keen to ensure the safety of all concerned.

“Gardaí would urge any organisation that plan to protest to contact the Superintendent in Pearse St Garda Station in advance, in order to facilitate their peaceful protest,” they said.

Members of the public can follow the @GardaTraffic account on Twitter for updates to any temporary road closures.

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