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President Pahor with Irish President Higgins and Prime Minister Kenny

Ireland, 1. 10. 2014 | press release

The President of the Republic of Slovenia, Borut Pahor, is concluding a working visit to Ireland today. Yesterday, he met with the Governor of the Central Bank of Ireland, Patrick Honohan, with whom he talked, in particular, about tackling the economic and financial crisis, with an emphasis on restructuring the banking sector. During his visit, President Pahor delivered a lecture at Trinity College, and then visited an exhibition of historical extracts, the “Book of Kells” kept at Trinity College.

Today President Pahor met with the Irish President Michael D. Higgins. The two statesmen discussed topical EU issues and its further integration. Their talks focused in particular on the situation in Syria and Ukraine, and reasons behind the expansion of Islamic radicalism and its influence on European society. President Higgins presented key challenges facing Ireland’s society and economy after the severe economic crisis and the measures carried out to keep a highly qualified young labour force in Ireland.

The two statesmen agreed that bilateral relations between the two countries are friendly and that there are no outstanding issues. In their talks, they advocated the further strengthening of friendly relations between the two countries, in particular in cultural and economic areas. They advocated the maintaining of dialogue at a high level in the future. In this context, they agreed to organise a joint Slovenian-Irish cultural event to further strengthen cultural ties between the two countries and nations.

President Pahor concluded his working visit to Ireland with a meeting with the Prime Minister of Ireland, Enda Kenny.

President Pahor concluded his working visit to Ireland with a meeting with the Prime Minister of Ireland, Enda Kenny.

This afternoon, President Pahor concluded his visit with a meeting with the Prime Minister of Ireland, Enda Kenny, with whom he discussed Ireland’s experience following its withdrawal from the international programme of financial support. They also discussed the financial recovery, which can already be seen in Ireland. Prime Minister Kenny briefed President Pahor on the efforts of the Irish Government to consolidate public finances.

The President of the Republic of Slovenia, Borut Pahor, is concluding a working visit to Ireland
Photo: Ireland