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London calling: Michael D plans first official trip as Irish President

During the visit, the Higgins’ will take a tour of the Olympic Park and see a production of Juno and the Paycock.

Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

MICHAEL D HIGGINS and his wife Sabina will travel to London later this month for the President’s first official visit since his inauguration.

The Higgins’ will depart Dublin airport on 21 February for a busy two-day programme of events, Áras an Uachtaráin announced in a statement today.

On the first day, the President will visit the London Irish Centre in Camden. He will also attend a gathering at the London School of Economics to give an address entitled Of Public Intellectuals, Universities and a Democratic Crisis.

The more cultural aspects of the official visit are packed into day two when the President and his wife will enjoy a tour of the Olympic Park, including the Aquatics Centre and stadium.

Higgins will also meet with Lord Sebastian Coe, the president of the London Olympic Games Organising Committee.

Later on the afternoon of 22 February, the Irish Embassy will host a meet-and-greet between the President and members of the Irish business and cultural community.

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Finally, both Michael D and Sabina will attend a performance of Juno and the Paycock, jointly produced by the Abbey Theatre, the Lyttelton Theatre and the National Theatre of Great Britain.

Earlier today, Higgins launched the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations at a ceremony in Dublin Castle. He called on older people to realise their potential in order to make ageing a positive experience.

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