51 Dublin roads will shut for the Pope's visit
As the monumental effort to get the capital ready for the papal visit at the end of the month continues, Dublin City Council has announced temporary road closures for that weekend.
On Saturday, August 25, 51 roads in Dublin will be closed temporarily. They include many of the roads in the city centre, from noon to 5.15pm, although some will be closing as early as 6am for the visit of the Pope (inset).
Parking will also be suspended in many areas.
Some of the roads included on the day are Sean McDermott Street, Talbot Street, Middle Abbey Street and O'Connell Bridge, which will be closed to drivers between noon and 4.30pm.
The council has stressed that emergency routes will be maintained, and that local access will be "facilitated as far as possible".
Public transport services will continue to run during this period and passengers are urged to check with transport providers before departing.
Further road closures may also be implemented if necessary.
There will also be limited access to the Phoenix Park. More information can be found on the OPW website.
Speaking to the Herald about the closures previously, one Dublin city councillor called them "bonkers".
Meanwhile, Adrian Cummins, chief executive of the Restaurants Association of Ireland, said the closures will effectively "rule out an entire business day for the city centre".