Scotland politics

Irish president to visit the Scottish Parliament

Michael D Higgins Image copyright Reuters
Image caption The Irish president, pictured here at a recent football match, will be the first to visit Holyrood

The Irish president is to visit the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday.

President Michael D Higgins will be the first Irish head of state to call on Holyrood since the parliament was established.

He has been invited to attend by presiding officer Ken Macintosh.

As well as addressing MSPs in the chamber of the parliament, President Higgins will take part in a reception for MSPs and members of the Irish community in Scotland.

Mr Macintosh said: "It is a great honour to welcome President Higgins to Scotland on behalf of all members of the parliament.

"Our two countries share much in common, including a long history of family, social and cultural bonds. As well as celebrating these historic ties, President Higgins' visit will focus on the future and how we can further strengthen the links between us.

"There is great anticipation at Holyrood around the President's visit to Scotland and I'm very much looking forward to welcoming him to parliament."

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