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President McAleese sees royal visit as "extraordinary" historical moment

Traffic and parking restrictions are being implemented in the capital today ahead of the royal visit, and will be put in place in Kildare, Tipperary and Cork at the end of the week.

President Mary McAleese and her husband Martin meet with Queen Elizabeth and her husband Philip at Hillsborough Castle in May 2009.
President Mary McAleese and her husband Martin meet with Queen Elizabeth and her husband Philip at Hillsborough Castle in May 2009.
Image: Julien Behal/PA Wire

PRESIDENT MARY MCALEESE has said this is “absolutely the right moment” for the British monarch to visit Ireland and described the event as an “extraordinary moment in Irish history”.

Speaking to RTÉ for a programme which airs today, McAleese said the state visit was a sign of the success of the peace process and will convey the message that both jurisdictions are “determined to make the future a much, much better place”.

Traffic and parking restrictions have already begun in Dublin in preparation for the state visit. On Thursday, traffic restrictions will be in place around Kildare town and on some exits of the M7 and M9. Tipperary and Cork faces traffic restrictions from 6pm on Thursday until Friday afternoon due to the Queen’s visit.

Further information on the restrictions and diversions are available on the garda website, on @gardatraffic on Twitter, from AA Roadwatch and from Dublin Bus.

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