Major security operation underway as Royal visit to Donegal begins

 

charles and camilla

A major security operation is in place for the visit of Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall to County Donegal.

A huge security operation is in place in both Donegal Town and Letterkenny with traffic restrictions and an air exclusion zone in operation.

The details are as follows -

 

Donegal Town:

 

  • Vehicular access not permitted to the Diamond Area of Donegal Town (Route Number N 56) from 8p.m on Tuesday Night 24th of May until 12.30pm on Wednesday 25th of May.
  • Pedestrian access will be allowed but persons will be subject to search and check. Pedestrians are advised where possible avoid taking bags.
  • All business premises in the Diamond will be open and access is permitted.
  • Motorists are advised that invariably there will be some delays as a result of minor of temporary road closures to facilitate vehicle movement, and are asked for patience and co-operation.
  • Please allow extra time for your journey, if possible travel earlier that 10am or after 1pm.
  • Any vehicles parked in restricted areas will be towed away.
  • The Garda intention is minimum disruption to the general public and to facilitate any persons with special requests where possible.
  • Keep abreast of Radio News bulletins which will impart latest information.

 

Letterkenny:

 

  • There will be significant disruption to traffic on the Port Rd, Letterkenny.
  • No vehicular access (No through Traffic) from K.F.C to the Heiton Buckley Entrance from 12pm (Midday to 3p.m) on Wednesday 25th of May.
  • Pedestrian access will be permitted but will be subject to search.
  • There will be restricted access to the Ballyraine Road (rear of LYIT) Regional Road R 245 from 10am to 3.30pm.
  • Delays may be also experienced on the West Donegal access /egress route to Letterkenny (R 250) between 2pm and 4pm.
  • The Garda intention is minimum disruption to the general public and to facilitate any persons with special requests where possible.
  • Keep abreast of Radio News bulletins which will impart latest information.

 

General Advice:

 

  1. Be aware of extra traffic density in and around Donegal Town & between Donegal Town (N 15 ) to Letterkenny through Ballybofey and onwards onto the (N 13)in to Letterkenny.
  2. Allow extra time for your journey.
  3. Persons with specific requests 9health issues etc) make contact with Gardaí at Letterkenny on 91-67100.
  4. Further advice and information will issue in course.

 

The Irish Aviation Authority hereby directs as follows:-

 

A restriction (temporary restricted area) on the flying of aircraft, including small unmanned

Aircraft as defined in S.I. No. 563 of 2015, shall apply in airspace over parts of the sovereign

Airspace of Ireland (in the vicinity of County Donegal).

 

Vertical limits: Surface to 5000 feet.

 

Duration: 0800 hrs. UTC to 1700 hrs. UTC on the 25th May 2016 inclusive.

 

The following are prohibited:

 

. Ballooning;

. Gyroplanes;

. Model Aircraft;

. Para-glider;

. Hang-glider;

. Foot Launched Powered Parachuting;

. Aerobatic manoeuvres;

. Gliders;

. Aerial Work flights including, but not exclusive to, banner towing, filming, photography,

Dropping of articles, aerial application and aerial survey; and

. Micro-light aircraft;

. Flight Training;

. Parachute Dropping

. Small unmanned aircraft (including model aircraft and drones).