UK State Visit To Start On Tuesday

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore is to accompany President Higgins and Mrs Sabina Higgins on Ireland's State Visit to the UK this week.

The visit will take place from 8 to 11 April.

It is understood the Tánaiste will participate in the official ceremonial welcome at Windsor Castle and will accompany the President on Tuesday,to Westminster and the State Banquet at Windsor Castle.

On Wednesday, the Tánaiste will meet separately with Foreign Secretary William Hague for discussions on issues of international concern, particularly the situation in Ukraine. The Tánaiste will then join the President for a meeting with Prime Minister David Cameron at 10 Downing Street.

Mr Gilmore will then accompany President Higgins throughout Wednesday evening, Thursday, and Friday at events which will include a Northern Ireland-themed reception hosted by the Queen in Windsor Castle, the 'Céiliúradh' at the Royal Albert Hall and several engagements located outside London, including a reception for members of the Irish community at Coventry's Guildhall.

During the course of the visit, the Tánaiste will also meet with Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Theresa Villiers, and Labour Party leader Ed Milliband.


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