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.
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.
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.