Australia issues warning to tourists travelling to Ireland due to increased tensions surrounding 1916 centenary 6 years ago

Australia issues warning to tourists travelling to Ireland due to increased tensions surrounding 1916 centenary

The latest security advice was updated on Monday.

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs have warned tourists travelling to Ireland of increased tensions between dissident republicans and unionists in the lead up to the centenary of the 1916 Rising.

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The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs website contains security advice for Australians travelling to individual countries around the world and in a recent update about Ireland, they warned about civil unrest and political tensions surrounding the 1916 centenary.

“Tensions between dissident republicans and unionists have increased in the lead up to the centenary of the Easter Rising (24-29 April – Proclamation of Irish independence),” reads a section of travel advice on the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs website.

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

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“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.”

Australian tourists to Ireland are advised to “exercise normal safety precautions,” when visiting the country.

Under the 'crime' heading, meanwhile, they are also warned that “petty crime, including bag snatching, smash and grab from cars and public transport, and pickpocketing is common, particularly in city centres and areas frequented by tourists”.