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Dublin has banned street campaign posters ahead of visits by Britain's Queen Elizabeth and US President Barack Obama

Dublin has banned street campaign posters ahead of visits by Britain's Queen Elizabeth and US President Barack Obama

Dublin has banned street campaign posters ahead of visits by Britain's Queen Elizabeth and US President Barack Obama

Authorities in Dublin have banned street campaign posters in a city-wide "clean up" ahead of the visits of Britain's Queen Elizabeth and US President Barack Obama.

The City Council has imposed a six-day lockdown in and around locations the heads of state will be visiting on their historic trips.

The ban will limit dissident republicans, left-wing parties, fringe political and anarchist groups and environmental campaigners from displaying posters.

A spokesman for Dublin City Council said the restrictions were put in place because street cleaners will have limited access inside security cordons.

"We're not saying that none will take place, these are restrictions only, and there will be some flexibility for adverts," he said.

"We have two very high-profile visits coming up and it's a lockdown on litter. The city is going to be showcased around the world given the historical significance especially of the visit of the Queen."

The ban will be in place from May 16-23 and it will cover routes in and around the Garden of Remembrance, Croke Park, the Guinness brewery, Trinity College, Phoenix Park and Dublin Castle.

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The Gibson Hotel in the docklands received threats after developer Harry Crosbie draped two giant posters of Queen Elizabeth and Mr Obama from the front of the building during the week. The images were taken down on Thursday.

The British Queen is in Dublin from May 17 with engagements with President Mary McAleese, a wreath laying ceremony at the Garden of Remembrance and a tour of Croke Park.

President Obama is expected to arrive in Ireland on Monday May 23, the day before he visits London. Most of his engagements are planned for Phoenix Park where he will meet President McAleese, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Cabinet members before travelling to his ancestral home in Moneygall, Co Offaly, in the midlands.


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