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Eirigi chairman Brian Leeson outside Dublin's Garden of Remembrance as security is increased in the capital

Eirigi chairman Brian Leeson outside Dublin's Garden of Remembrance as security is increased in the capital

Eirigi chairman Brian Leeson outside Dublin's Garden of Remembrance as security is increased in the capital

A ring of steel has been erected around Dublin city as security is stepped up for the historic state visit of Britain's Queen Elizabeth.

Barriers are being placed across the capital with parking restricted on more than 30 streets.

Roads have already been closed around one of the most controversial sites the Queen plans to visit. as police chiefs prepare for protests at the Garden of Remembrance, which honours those who died fighting for Irish independence.

A senior Garda source said there is a high level of security around her four-day stay. "It is going to be tense," he said. "People want to stage protests to say she's not welcome here. It's a huge operation for us."

Leave has been banned for 4,000 garda officers and 2,000 Defence Forces troops who will be deployed as part of the biggest security operation ever seen in Ireland.

Surveillance has been stepped up on known republican dissidents, with several arrests made in the north and south of Ireland.

The massive operation is focusing on potential terrorist threats as well as plans for "a protest stunt" by breakaway factions opposed to the peace process.

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Socialist republican group Eirigi plans to set up an Irish Freedom Camp at the Garden of Remembrance in Parnell Square.

Meanwhile two water cannons have been brought in from the Police Service of Northern Ireland to cope with potential disorder and rioting.

The unprecedented security operation - which will include land, air and sea patrols - is estimated to cost 30 million euro.


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