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04DUBLIN1710
2004-11-24 11:29:00
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Embassy Dublin
Cable title:  

MCCAIN/GRAHAM CODEL TO DUBLIN

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						UNCLAS DUBLIN 001710 

SIPDIS

CODEL

DEPT FOR H FOR RICHARD FONTAINE, ELLEN BRADY OF SENATORS'
MCCAIN/GRAHAM

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: OREP AMGT ASEC AFIN
SUBJECT: MCCAIN/GRAHAM CODEL TO DUBLIN

REF: A. STATE:247344


B. 11-18-04 BENTON-FONTAINE EMAIL



1. Post warmly welcomes and grants country clearance to
Senator John McCain, Senator Lindsey Graham and delegation of
officials to travel to Dublin, Ireland, from December 1 to 3,


2004. Purpose of visit is to meet with Taoiseach, (PM)
Bertie Ahern and address Trinity College Philosophical
Society.



2. Embassy control officer for this visit is Tom
Rosenberger, office telephone 353-1-668-8054, home telephone
353-1-260-4795, cell phone 353-87-997-7094, email:
rosenbergertm@state.gov. Embassy telephone number while in
country is (01) 668-8777 during business hours; (01) 668-9612
after hours.



3. Reservations have been made at Fitzwilliam Hotel, St.
Stephen's Green, Dublin 2, telephone number 353-1-478-7000,
fax 353-1-478-7878.



4. If access to the Embassy is requested or anticipated,
please send a cable to post with traveler's security
clearance information, to facilitate unescorted access within
the Embassy, as required by 12 FAM 443.

GENERAL TRAVEL INFORMATION



5. There are no visa requirements for visitors traveling to
Ireland on diplomatic or official passports.



6. Please note that as of March 29, 2004, Ireland has
instituted a smoking ban in the work place, including all
pubs, restaurants, and hotel common areas. Violation of this
law may result in a fine of up to Euro 3,000. Check with
hotel staff upon arrival to determine if smoking is permitted
in hotel rooms.



7. Embassy personnel will meet the delegation at Dublin
Airport upon arrival on November 14. Members of the
delegation who have special transportation needs should
communicate these requirements to control officer Joe Young.



8. Accommodation Exchange: Post will not be able to offer
check cashing or money changing facilities. Major credit
cards are widely accepted; ATM machines accept most major
U.S. bankcards and offer the best exchange rates.

SECURITY INFORMATION FOR IRELAND



9. Post is unaware of direct threats against Americans or
U.S. interests in Ireland, and Ireland remains a relatively
safe country where anti-American sentiment is rare. For
additional threat assessment information regarding Ireland,
you may contact DS/DSS/ITA (Diplomatic Security's Office of
Intelligence and Threat Assessment) in the State Department
at 202-663-0787. TDY visitors staying longer than 30 days
should schedule a briefing with the Regional Security Officer.



10. Street Crime: Like any large urban center, Dublin has
its share of street crime, especially pick-pocketing and
purse-snatching. Valuables should not be left unattended in
cars and should be kept in hotel safe deposit boxes. Do not
carry large amounts of cash. Violent confrontations and use
of firearms are rare, however, and with reasonable
precautions and common sense visitors should be able to enjoy
a safe visit. Police services are excellent; the number for
emergency services in Ireland is 999 or 112.



11. Terrorism: Ireland, like the rest of the world, shares
an increased threat of terrorist incidents of international
origin. Travelers should remain aware of their surroundings
and report suspicious people or activities to the police or
RSO.
KENNY