Security arrangements in place this week for Joe Biden's Irish visit

The US vice-president will be in Ireland from Tuesday evening until Sunday

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The US vice-president Joe Biden is set to arrive in Ireland tomorrow evening for a six-day visit.

Special security arrangements will be in place to facilitate the vice-president's stay in Dublin, with Mr Biden also expected to visit Mayo and Louth during the trip.

Mr Biden will hold talks with Taoiseach Enda Kenny and President Michael D Higgins during his time in Ireland.

The vice-president has spoken regularly about his Irish roots.

His ancestors emigrated to America in the 19th century, and his mother's maiden name was Finnegan.

Biden was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, which has been described as "one of the most Irish cities in America".

In an interview with The Irish Times and RTÉ, Mr Biden said: "It means a great deal to me to visit the island. It’s the land from which my ancestors emigrated, seeking a better future – and now their great-great-great-grandson is vice-president of the United States of America."

Meanwhile, a 'round-the-clock' security operation will be in place in Dublin's Phoenix Park for the duration of the visit.

The park will be closed to all traffic and pedestrians every night from 11pm until 6.30am, with other traffic and parking restrictions in place throughout the day.

Gardaí say they have been in contact with local resident groups and businesses in the other areas Mr Biden is set to visit, in order to minimise any disruption.

Updates on any traffic restrictions or road closures will be made available throughout the week, with details to be posted on the Garda Traffic Twitter account.