Only one week before Obama's visit to the tiny town of Moneygall in Co. Offaly, and officials have yet to provide basic facilities for the huge amount of visitors expected from both Ireland and abroad as well as the hordes of media crews expected.

As there is no restaurant or public toilets in this tiny village, you would expect portaloos and catering to be set up, however they are not in place and quite possibly may not be in place for the event at all.

The Irish Independent states that the Offaly County Council was in favour of allowing caterers in on the day of the visit, however, a cordon being put in place by gardai means the vehicles can not be in the village during Mr Obama's visit.

Local publican Ollie Hayes tells the Independent, that he does not have the necessary licence to sell food to hungry visitors. That maps and leaflets have been left inside Mr Hayes's bar but the traditional pub is not staffed to deal with the influx of curious and hungry visitors.

Mr Obama's advance security team arrived to Moneygall town at the weekend in a fleet of Chrysler cars, but even the CIA had to leave for lack of basic facilities along with the early arrival masses.

Let's hope the Department of Foreign Affairs, who are in charge of this visit sort out this troublesome oversight.



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