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‘President Higgins’ British visit will have economic benefit for Ireland,’ says Taoiseach

Queen Elizabeth II met President Michael D. Higgins during a visit to the Lyric Theatre in Belfast on June 27, 2012
Queen Elizabeth II met President Michael D. Higgins during a visit to the Lyric Theatre in Belfast on June 27, 2012

PRESIDENT Michael D. Higgins upcoming to Britain will open up “limitless and endless opportunities” for Ireland, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said today.

Mr Kenny said that the first ever official visit by an Irish head of State to Britain would benefit the Irish economy and ‘showcase’ Ireland.

The Taoiseach was speaking in Castlebar, Co. Mayo before officially opening Europe Code Week.

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He added that the visit would strengthen the close-knit links that Queen Elizabeth first forged by coming here in 2011.

Mr Kenny said: “I think it’s a brilliant opportunity to showcase Ireland in its modernity and the new level (of influence) with which we operate in Britain.”

The Taoiseach stated that the fact that there are now 50,000 Irish people on the boards of British companies was evidence of that influence.

He added that Britain was our biggest trading partner and was “the first out of the traps to assist Ireland monies on loan” during Ireland’s economic catastrophe.

Mr Kenny continued: “We look forward this visit with great excitement and the endless and limitless possibilities that it brings with it.”

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