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8 April 2014 - Irish president begins British state visit

Publié par Clifford Armion le 04/08/2014


Irish president begins British state visit

Press Association (The Guardian)
Ireland's president, Michael D Higgins, begins an official state visit to Britain on Tuesday, the first ever by an Irish head of state.
His extended four-day trip, three years after the Queen visited Ireland, will include an address to parliament and a focus on the contribution Irish emigrants have made to UK life.
On his departure Higgins said the trip was about remembering the past but also examining the capacity of the present and what can be done in the future to cement relations. "We are at a very interesting point in history, when we have, following Her Majesty's visit to Ireland, such good relations between our people," he said.
"My hope for the visit at the end of it all is that people will in ever more numbers come to share in experiencing the history, the present circumstances and culture, and do so in ever greater numbers."
The theme of the state visit will be the two countries' shared histories. Its significance has been further deepened with the presence of the Northern Ireland deputy first minister and ex-IRA commander Martin McGuinness, who will attend a banquet hosted by the Queen – something unthinkable only a decade ago.
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US vantage point

State Visit of Ireland’s President to Britain, a First, Underlines Evolution of Relations
Stephen Castle (The New York Times)
LONDON — In a sign of the warmth of relations between two countries with a troubled history, Ireland’s president, Michael D. Higgins, is to arrive here Monday for the first state visit to Britain by an Irish president.
Once tainted by the legacy of colonialism, Anglo-Irish ties are now so close that Dublin worries about Britain’s drift from the European Union, the bloc to which both countries belong.
The four-day state visit is meant to reciprocate the historic one made by Queen Elizabeth to Ireland in 2011, an event that symbolized reconciliation between the two countries after the 1998 peace agreement in Northern Ireland. That theme will be on display again this week when Martin McGuinness, Northern Ireland’s deputy first minister and a former commander in the Irish Republican Army, takes part in the visit.
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Irish press

Higgins arrives in London for four-day State visit
Steven Carroll, Dan Keenan, Éanna Ó Caollaí (The Irish Times)
President Michael D Higgins has arrived in London for the first ever State visit to Britain by an Irish president.
Mr Higgins and his wife Sabina touched down at Heathrow Airport this evening shortly after 5pm, where members of the Queen’s Colour Squadron of the Royal Air Force were awaiting their arrival on the airport apron.
Mr and Mrs Higgins, who were accompanied by the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore and his wife Carol Hanney, were greeted at the foot of the plane’s steps by Ireland’s Ambassador to Britain Daniel Mulhall, and his wife Greta.
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A royal visit

Irish State Visit programme
Staff (Monarchy website)
Buckingham Palace has today confirmed details of the forthcoming Irish State Visit. This will be the first State Visit to the UK by a President of Ireland and follows The Queen's historic State Visit to Ireland in May 2011. The Queen will host President Higgins and Mrs Higgins at Windsor Castle during the visit from 8 to 11 April 2014.
Monday 7 April
The President of Ireland and Mrs Higgins will arrive in the United Kingdom in the afternoon of Monday 7 April, at London Heathrow Airport. They will be greeted by The Viscount Hood, Lord-in-Waiting, on behalf of The Queen.
Tuesday 8 April
The President of Ireland and Mrs Higgins will be met by The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall at the Irish Embassy, London. Their Royal Highnesses will travel with The President and Mrs Higgins to Windsor, where The President will receive a Ceremonial Welcome.
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will formally greet The President and Mrs Higgins at the Royal Dais in Datchet Road, Windsor, before aState Carriage Procession to Windsor Castle.
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"8 April 2014 - Irish president begins British state visit", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), août 2014. Consulté le 04/06/2020. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/key-story/archives-revue-de-presse-2014/8-april-2014-irish-president-begins-british-state-visit