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| Avoid if flying into or out of continental Europe! Being a dual US/Irish citizen, I've flown into Dublin on several occasions over the last 50 plus years. The vast majority of my past flights into Ireland terminated in Dublin and off I went. My most recent fly through was a connection to Spain and a connection from Madrid back to Chicago. Both times, even though I cleared through customs at my starting points (Chicago and Madrid respectively), I had to check out of the terminal in Dublin then go thru security 2 additional times (not inclusive of US pre-clearance). For my arrival into Dublin on March 1, 2018, there was a "snow storm". By Irish standards, the snow was severe. For most places that get snow it would be nothing because there was approximately 1-2 inches of snow on the ground. I realize it is cost prohibitive for towns and cities in Ireland to have snow removal equipment. However, Dublin Airport is a major connection point for many international flights every day. Aer Lingus and Ryanair generate millions of dollars of revenue probably on a daily basis. All AL and RA flights for 4 days were cancelled. Not counting other carriers having delays in and out of the DA. Fortunately, I was able to book another flight on Vueling to Barcelona. These cancellations and delays could have been avoided if the Dublin Airport had proper snow removal equipment. Snow removal issues aside, returning home on March 15th, I encountered lengthy delays into DA because of security clearance issues stated above. Also, T2 which opened in 2010 has VERY little in terms of restaurants, bars, etc. There were 2 small snack shops that were grossly over priced and had little or no seating. What's more, each gate has approximately 50 seats. For international flights, this is absolutely ridiculous. There should be at the very least 100-150 seats. Many passengers, myself included, sat on the floor while waiting for our flights. Plus there are very few power points in the terminal for charging electronic devices. For a newly built terminal, it is poorly designed and appointed. Having flown thru several airports throughout Asia, Europe and the US, this recently built airport is extremely lacking. Especially in comparison to it's Scandanavian and Asian counterparts. Though Ireland has come a very long way with modernizing in some ways it is still very antiquated and backwards though it likes to think of itself as modern and sophisticated. My past experience in Dublin Airport reinforced my sentiments further. If you are connecting into other places in Europe or going to destinations outside of Europe, I'd avoid Dublin at all costs especially if you have a layover that's 3-8 hours long.