Australia warns of ‘civil disorder’ in Ireland in lead up to centenary

‘Tensions between dissident republicans and unionists have increased,’ says website

Australia has warned those travelling to Ireland to be wary of "civil disorder" and protests which "may turn violent" in the lead up to the centenary of the Easter Rising.

In a statement which appears on the Australian department of foreign affairs website, the travel guide says: "Tensions between dissident republicans and unionists have increased in the lead up to the centenary of the Easter Rising.

"You should avoid all protests and demonstrations, including those associated with Northern Ireland, as they may turn violent.

The statement, which appears amongst information on visas and health insurance, was updated on Monday, April 11th.


“Instances of civil disorder can rapidly escalate into violence and you should avoid them wherever possible, including through careful monitoring of the media and following the advice of local authorities.”

Under the heading of crime, the article says “Ireland has a moderate incidence of serious, violent crime. Secluded parks and unlit areas should be avoided.

“Petty crime, including bag snatching, smash and grab from cars and public transport, and pickpocketing is common.

“Car theft and break-ins are increasing, especially in Dublin and tourist locations, and rental cars are particularly targeted.”

A spokeperson for the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport in Ireland said they would not comment on the travel advice of other Governments to their citizens, but did say:

“When compared to the number of tourists entering the country, Ireland is a very safe destination and the rate of crime against tourists is quite low.

“Research has shown that the vast majority of our overseas visitors are more than happy to subsequently recommend Ireland as a holiday destination.”

Niamh Towey

Niamh Towey

Niamh Towey is an Irish Times journalist