Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Scheduled Protests Wednesday, July 23, 2014

United States Embassy Dublin, Ireland

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Scheduled Protests

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

 

A protest related to the conflict in Gaza is scheduled to take place outside the Department of Foreign Affairs on St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at 1730 hoursbefore moving to Grafton Street.

During the weekend of July 19-20, a similar protest began at the Spire in the city center and ended up moving spontaneously to the U.S. Embassy.  The protest unexpectedly became confrontational and three people were arrested. Other demonstrations may occur during the next few weeks.  For that reason, and due to the current political environment in the Middle East, spontaneous clashes or eruptions of violence cannot be ruled out.  The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens to monitor news outlets for announcements regarding protests in Ireland.

Even protests intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  You should avoid areas of protests, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.

Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates. Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.  We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Ireland enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). www.travel.state.gov.  STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency.  If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Regularly monitor the State Department’s website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution.  Read the Country Specific Information for Ireland.  For additional information, refer to “A Safe Trip Abroad” on the State Department’s website.

Contact the U.S. embassy or consulate for up-to-date information on travel restrictions.  You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).  Follow us on Twitter and Facebook and download our free Smart Traveler iPhone App to have travel information at your fingertips. The U.S. Embassy is located at 42 Elgin Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland.  Our telephone number is +353 1 630 6200.  In an emergency, the Embassy may be contacted at +353 1 668 9612 after hours and on weekends – please follow the prompts to reach an operator.  The fax number for the American Citizen Services Unit is +353 1 668 8056.  E-mail queries may be sent to the American Citizen Services Unit at ACSDublin@state.gov.