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Australia issues Irish travel warning due to 1916 centenary 'tensions'

By Pól Ó Conghaile

Published 14/04/2016

Australians travelling to Ireland have been told to avoid all protests and demonstrations.
Australians travelling to Ireland have been told to avoid all protests and demonstrations.

Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs has updated its travel advice on Ireland to warn of "tensions" ahead of the Easter Rising centenary.

"Tensions between dissident republicans and unionists have increased in the lead up to the centenary of the Easter Rising (24-29 April )," it says.

"You should avoid all protests and demonstrations, including those associated with Northern Ireland, as they may turn violent," the advice continues.

"Instances of civil disorder can rapidly escalate into violence and you should avoid them wherever possible, including through careful monitoring of the media and following the advice of local authorities," according to its website.

In general terms, the level of alert has not changed for Ireland, with its government advising Australians to "exercise normal safety precautions".

However, the advice also says conditions "can change suddenly".

Ireland's official State commemorations of the 1916 Rising centred on Easter, but the calender anniversary itself falls between April 24-19.

Separately, security recommendations warn travellers that car theft and break-ins are increasing, especially in Dublin and tourist locations, and rental cars are particularly targeted. Credit card and ATM scams are becoming more common, it says.

The incidence of serious, violent crime is listed as "moderate".

A spokesperson for the Irish Department of Transport & Tourism said it doesn't comment on travel advice issued by other countries.

Fáilte Ireland, the Republic's travel board's most recent Visitor Attitudes Survey saw 92% of tourists list safety and security as one of their top reasons for visiting Ireland.

The Australian embassy has been asked for comment.

Read Australia's full travel advice on Ireland here.

Source Irish Independent

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