PRESIDENT MICHAEL D Higgins is in Liverpool today as part of a three-day visit to the north west of England where he will meet with local political leaders and Irish communities.
Higgins will be accompanied by his wife Sabina as they depart from Dublin Airport later this morning, bound for Liverpool John Lennon Airport.
This afternoon he will meet with the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, councillor Sharon Sullivan, and Deputy Mayor, councillor Paul Brant.
He will then lay a wreath at the Grant Hunger Memorial at St Luke’s Church, which is popularly known as the ‘Bombed Out Church’, in the city centre.
This evening the President will be at the Institute of Irish Studies at the University of Liverpool where he will deliver the John Kennedy Lecture 2012 entitled ‘Liverpool and its Irish Migrants’.
Tomorrow, President Higgins will attend two more events in Liverpool before he heads for Manchester where he will meet local politicians and visit a number of Irish centres.
He will also attend events in Manchester on Friday before returning to Dublin in the evening.