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President Michael D Higgins travels to Italy for official visit

The President will meet with officials in Rome as well as visiting some historic sites with Irish connections.

Bon voyage Michael D!
Bon voyage Michael D!
Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

PRESIDENT MICHAEL D Higgins jetted off from Dublin Airport this morning on an official visit to Rome, where he will spend three days meeting officials and businesspeople and seeing the sites.

This evening the President will deliver a lecture entitled ‘Irish studies and the Significance of Exile and the Migratory Experience’ at the 6th James Joyce Italian Foundation Conference.

His busy agenda includes a visit to the Pontifical Irish College, the church of San Pietro in Montorio which is the burial place of Hugh O’Neill and Rory O’Donnell and an Irish business networking event.

Tomorrow Higgins will meet with Italian President Napolitano and and will attend a meeting with the Director General of UN Food and Agriculture Organisation on Friday.

The President will return to Dublin at the weekend just in time to attend the Ireland v England Rugby International match in the Aviva Stadium.

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