50-ft poster of the Queen on Gibson Hotel, in the Point Village, DublinIrish Times

Posters celebrating the arrival of President Barack Obama and the Queen of England have been removed from a Dublin hotel owned by entrepreneur Harry Crosbie – the man who will host a concert for the English monarch.

Property developer Crosbie has refused to reveal why the 50 foot high posters have been removed from the Gibson Hotel in the heart of his Point Village development on the banks of the river Liffey.

The Irish Times suggests however that individuals had made threats to hotel staff in an abusive manner although the papers reports that the hotel has declined to comment.

The giant posters went on display on Monday of last week but were removed on Thursday.

A spokesman for Crosbie told the paper that the posters had been erected to celebrate both visits and that the US press corps for the presidential visit had booked rooms at the hotel. Crosbie’s aide said he did not wish to comment on their removal.

Dublin City Council planning enforcement officers did respond to a complaint that the posters had been erected without planning permission.

But by the time they arrived at the luxury hotel in response to the complaint, the posters had already been removed.

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