Garda Information For Louth

UPDATE 11:00am

Presidential Visit of Mr Joseph R Biden, President of the United States of America
There will be traffic restrictions in place in Dundalk today due to the visit of the 46th President of the United States of America, Mr Joseph R Biden.
Clanbrassil Street and Market Square are closed to all vehicular traffic for the duration of the day whilst Vincent’s Avenue and Dublin Street will close from 1130am. Any vehicles remaining in these zones after 1130am will be towed if not removed.
All access routes to Dundalk and Carlingford are open with rolling road closures expected for short periods this afternoon and evening.
Dundalk town centre is open and accessible with pedestrian access to the Clanbrassil Street and Market Square Zones. Members of the public are encouraged to leave bags and luggage at home as such items will not be prohibited in these zones and persons may be subject to searches for security purposes.
An Garda Síochána would like to thank the public for their patience and would urge for their compliance at this time.


County Louth:

The 46th President of the United States of America will arrive in County Louth from Dublin Airport on the afternoon of the 12th April.

The following Traffic Management measures, for security reasons, will be put in place:

  • From 2200hrs (10pm) Tuesday 11th April until after departure on Wednesday 12th parking restrictions and road closures will commence in Carlingford:


Public Car Park – Tourist Office

Dundalk Street

North Pier

Newry Street

Old Quay Lane

Castle Hill & Back Lane

R173 Greenore Road  

Further road closures on access routes, R173, R175, R176, to Carlingford, north and south of the Village will be implemented on the morning of the 12th April, time to be confirmed.

  • From 2200hrs (10pm) Tuesday 11th April until after departure on Wednesday 12th parking restrictions and road closures will commence in Dundalk:


Barrack Street

Seatown Place

Jocelyn Street

Roden Place

Crowe Street

Clanbrassil Street

Market Square

Francis Street

Park Street

Dublin Road  

The M1 motorway remains unaffected.

The N52 (Inner relief Road) will largely be unaffected, subject to change by operational demands on Wednesday 12th April.

From 1800hrs (6pm) Wednesday 12th there will be traffic restrictions/ temporary closure along the R173, R175, N52 between Carlingford and Dundalk.

General Information and Advice:

BAG FREE ZONE – No bags will be permitted inside the security zones.

An Garda Síochána is working to ensure that the nature and scale of our policing and security operation continues to be proportionate to the need to protect everyone’s safety.

Our objective is to continue to share as much information with the public where necessary as soon as we are in a position to do so.

We would ask members of the public to heed the advice and instructions of Gardaí and we thank them for their continuing co-operation.

An Garda Síochána reminds members of the public that the operation of Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS/ Drone) is generally prohibited within 5km of any Airport, over urban areas, over crowds and in other restricted areas.  Non-compliance is a criminal offence.

Members of the Public travelling in the affected areas, Louth 12th April, Dublin (Phoenix Park/ South City Centre) 12th /13th April and Mayo 14th April are be asked to plan their journeys during this period to ensure to leave enough time for possible traffic disruptions and to expect some localised delays.

An Garda Síochána has and continues to liaise with business and local residents in the key locations and will continue to communicate directly with them during the visit.

An Garda Síochána continues to engage with Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) and Public Transport Providers to minimise disruption to the Public Transport Network.

Operational plans are subject to change for security and operational reasons.

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