Ireland prepares for Barack Obama arrival

Barack Obama and Enda Kenny
Image caption Barack Obama will meet Enda Kenny during the visit

Final preparations are being put in place in Dublin ahead of the visit of US President Barack Obama on Monday.

US aircraft have arrived in the Irish capital carrying the helicopters, jeeps and limousines that will be used to transport the President.

Traffic restrictions are in place at College Green, where Mr Obama will address the public.

He will spend 24 hours in the Republic before travelling to the UK for a three-day state visit.

Mr Obama will meet the Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny and President Mary McAleese during his visit to Dublin before flying to his ancestral home in Moneygall, County Offaly.

He is expected to travel by helicopter.

However, heavy rain and high winds are forecast so an alternative method of transport may be made available, according to the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs.

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