French President Emmanuel Macron to visit Ireland and meet Michael D Higgins on short trip

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French President Emmanuel Macron will pay a short working visit to Ireland next week.

The Prime Minister will arrive in Dublin on Thursday morning August 26, where he will meet a number of officials before returning to France.

President Michael D Higgins will welcome him in Áras an Uachtaráin, before Mr Macron heads to government buildings to meet Taoiseach Micheál Martin for lunch.

The two will discuss current European and international issues, Covid-19 and Irish-French relations when they meet.

President Macron’s program also includes a number of other commitments during his visit.

President Macron will be accompanied by Mr. Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Mr. Bruno Le Maire, Minister of the Economy, Finance and Recovery, and Mr. Clément Beaune, Secretary of State for European Affairs.

Their itinerary will include bilateral meetings with their Irish counterparts, Foreign Minister Simon Coveney, Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe and Minister of State for European Affairs Thomas Byrne.

This will be the first time President Macron has visited Ireland since taking office in 2017.

His predecessor Francois Hollande met then-Taoiseach Enda Kenny and President Michael D Higgins during his one-day visit to Ireland in July 2016, where issues such as Brexit and trade issues were discussed .

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