Australia issues travel warning for Ireland

Thousands march for the 100th anniversary of Ireland's Easter Rising against Britain. Photo / AP
Thousands march for the 100th anniversary of Ireland's Easter Rising against Britain. Photo / AP

Australians travelling to Ireland have been warned of "tensions" ahead of the country's state celebrations for the centenary of the Easter Rising.

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs updated its advice this week to warn travellers of the potential for civil disorder during the centenary of the 1916 proclamation of Irish independence.

"Tensions between dissident republicans and unionists have increased in the lead up to the centenary of the Easter Rising," it said.

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

While parades have marked the centenary of the Easter Rising, state celebrations will be held from April 24 to 29.

The advisory warned that "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".

The United States has issued similar advice for Ireland.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade said it was not issuing a specific travel advisory for Kiwi travellers to Ireland at this time and does not propose to issue any warnings in respect of travel to Ireland.

Australians were also warned of a moderate incidence of serious, violent crime and advised travellers to avoid secluded parks and unlit areas.

"Petty crime, including bag-snatching, smash-and-grabs from cars and public transport, and pickpocketing is common, particularly in city centres and areas frequented by tourists," it said.

A spokesperson for the Irish Department of Transport & Tourism told the Irish Independent it did not comment on travel advice issued by other countries.

"When compared to the number of tourists entering the country, Ireland is a very safe destination and the rate of crime against tourists is quite low," it added.

- nzherald.co.nz

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