President Borut Pahor starts his working visit to Ireland
Dublin, Ireland, 30. 9. 2014 | press release
The President of the Republic of Slovenia, Borut Pahor, is paying an official visit to Ireland today and tomorrow. Today, he first met with the Governor of the Central Bank of Ireland, Patrick Honohan, with whom he exchanged views on tackling the economic and financial crisis, with an emphasis on measures for restructuring the banking sector. They paid special attention to the EU crisis, in particular in the euro area, and to the measures necessary to increase economic growth at the EU level. Governor Honohan presented in detail to President Pahor Ireland’s approach to the elimination of problems in the banking system and Ireland’s experience in the establishment of a bad bank. Their talks also touched on other topical issues presently faced by the European Union and the international community.
As part of his visit, President Pahor delivered a lecture at the leading Irish university, Trinity College, on topical international issues and security challenges for the international community. In his lecture, he touched on topical global issues and threats to international security such as Islamic extremists in Syria and Iraq, and relations between the EU and Russia. The Slovenian President emphasised the great importance of maintaining international peace. Slovenia is among the vast majority of the international community that desires and strives for lasting peace. The prerequisite for this is the peaceful resolution of all disputes, while the President emphasised that efforts to achieve this depend primarily on us. President Pahor presented the students his views on UN reforms, in particular the UN Security Council’s reforms for effectively strengthening international peace and security. Otherwise, according to the President, a political and security breakdown might occur. After the opening address, he answered questions from students.
Late in the afternoon, President Pahor will visit an exhibition of one of the most beautiful and best preserved historical extracts, the “Book of Kells”, produced by early Christian monks in Ireland around 800 AD and named after the town of Kells where it has been kept in the monastery for centuries. It contains the four Gospels of the New Testament, together with various other texts. In the 17th
century, the book was taken from Kells to Dublin and deposited at Trinity College, where it has been kept until today.
Tomorrow President Pahor will meet with his host, the Irish President Michael D. Higgins and Prime Minister Enda Kenny. Their talks will focus, in particular, on the strengthening of economic cooperation between the two countries. Attention will also be given to the exchange of views on the challenges of the economic crisis and to briefing President Pahor on Ireland’s experience in eliminating the credit crunch and stabilising the banking system. In December last year, Ireland was the first EU country to withdraw from its international programme of financial support.