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Pope Francis has arrived in Ireland

The pontiff’s two-day visit has officially begun.

cov Pope Francis is greeted by Tánaiste Simon Coveney as he arrives at Dublin Airport. Source: Brian Lawless/PA Wire/PA Images

POPE FRANCIS HAS arrived in Ireland.

The pontiff touched down at Dublin Airport just after 10.30am.

He was greeted by Tánaiste Simon Coveney and members of his family, Cardinal Seán Brady, Archbishop of Armagh Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin and Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin Michael Jackson among others.

You can follow the latest updates in our liveblog.

Pope Francis will travel to Áras an Uachtaráin to meet President Michael D Higgins before going to Dublin Castle to attend a function with authorities and civil society groups.

He will then visit St Mary’s Pro Cathedral before a parade though Dublin city, followed by a visit to homeless services at the Capuchin Day Centre.

He will then attend the Festival of Families event at Croke Park.

The pope will visit Knock Shrine tomorrow morning before saying Mass at Dublin’s Phoenix Park at 3pm. His full itinerary can be read here.

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Abuse survivors 

The pope is expected to meet survivors of clerical abuse at some stage during his two-day visit. Details of that meeting are not being announced until after it has taken place, the Vatican has said.

pope Pope Francis waves as he boards a plane at Rome's Fiumicino International Airport this morning. Source: Andrew Medichini/AP/Press Association Images

Up to 500,000 people are expected to attend the Mass in the Phoenix Park tomorrow.

A large crowd is also expected to attend Stand for Truth, a demonstration in solidarity with Church abuse survivors, which is due to take place at 3pm in Dublin city centre to coincide with the Mass.

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