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President of Ireland to Visit Laos

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Irish President Michael D. Higgins will visit Laos on November 14-16 to enhance bilateral relations and cooperation between Laos and Ireland, the Presidential Palace said in a press statement.

The scheduled official visit is in response to an invitation from President Bounnhang Vorachit.

President Higgins was born on April 18, 1941, in Limerick. He studied at University College Galway, the University of Manchester and Indiana University. He was formerly a lecturer in political science and sociology at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

President Higgins is married to Sabina Higgins, and they have four children.

He was a member of Dáil Éireann for 25 years and a member of Seanad Éireann (the Irish Senate) for nine years.

Mr Higgins was elected as Lord Mayor of Galway on two occasions from 1982-1983 and 1991-1992. He became Ireland’s first Minister for the Arts in 1993-1997.

Mr Higgins has been President of Ireland since 2011.

Source: Vientiane Times