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Ireland: Official Visits

Volume 487: debated on Monday 2 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on how many occasions in 2008 the President of the Irish Republic visited Great Britain; and which official UK representative met her on each visit. (248928)

President McAleese visited Great Britain on two occasions in 2008.

The first occasion was a visit to Liverpool in June to participate in the celebration of Liverpool’s year as European Capital of Culture. In the course of the visit, the President was met by Dame Lorna Muirhead, Lord Lieutenant for Merseyside.

The second occasion was a visit to London in November, during which the President spoke at the London School of Economics and was guest of honour at the annual Queen’s University Association dinner.