Widespread traffic restrictions in Dublin to accommodate the visit of Pope Francis, including more than 50 road closures, attracted only seven objections to citizens and businesses.
The closures start on Friday from 10:00 am when Cathedral Street, which runs from O & # 39; Connell Street to St. Mary's Pro Cathedral on Marlborough Street, will be close to traffic on Saturday night until 7:00 PM while the Phoenix Park, where the Pope will say the Mass on Sunday, close to traffic from 7pm on Friday to 7am on Tuesday.
Most of the closures start on Saturday, with large parts of the northern city center closing from 12:00 to 16:30 or 17:00, while the road closures on Sunday usually run from 06:00 to 23:00.
The closings were advertised by the Dublin City Council on 3 August and the public had until 9 August to express concerns and objections. Only five people and two companies objected to the plans for closing the roads.
One resident in Blackhorse Avenue next to the Phoenix Park said they & # 39; would be effectively locked out on Sunday and locked up in my estate & # 39; and that usual activities such as & # 39; surrender to fitness and leisure activities & # 39; would be impossible.
"Closing suburbs of the city in this way is unprecedented and unfounded for such an event and causes unnecessary adversity for local residents, making them effectively prisoners in their homes," they said.
A resident in White & # 39; s Road at Farmleigh said the closures were exaggerated given the mass in the park only on the late afternoon on Sunday.
"We've just had Prince Harry limitations, we've had countless road races … Bloom, Ed Sheeran, now the Pope, it's unfair, exaggerated, and unnecessary."
A non-named company said that the road closures in the city center and restrictions on public transport "would have a serious impact on our company".
Park park operators Park Rite said it was "extremely concerned" about the impact the closures would have on car parks at Fleet Street, Irish Life, Ilac Center, IFSC and Smithfield Market.
"This will have a significant negative effect on the trade figures of the parking garages," it said. The company asked whether it would be compensated for these losses. However, the council said: "Dublin City Council does not compensate for temporary road closures."