Yes, it is for real… the independent, BBC and a few other papers back have been picking up the fairly crazy story.
Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs has updated its travel advice on Ireland to warn of “tensions” ahead of the Easter Rising centenary.
“Tensions between dissident republicans and unionists have increased in the lead up to the centenary of the Easter Rising (24-29 April ),”
“You should avoid all protests and demonstrations, including those associated with Northern Ireland, as they may turn violent,” the advice continues.
“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,”
The level of alert has not changed for Ireland, with its government advising Australians to “exercise normal safety precautions”.
Separately, Australian travellers are warned that car theft and break-ins are increasing, especially in Dublin and tourist locations, and rental cars are particularly targeted.
Credit card and ATM scams are becoming more common, it says.