President Michael D Higgins today begins a three-day visit to Liverpool and Manchester.
Preparations are under way to welcome back an Irish Paralympic team that raised the bar of expectation here and across the sporting world.
President Michael D Higgins will make his second official visit to London this weekend.
Ireland's 69 overseas embassies cost a total €76m to run last year, it has been revealed.
A total of 69 Irish embassies cost the State more than €76m to run in 2011, but the Vatican embassy, controversially closed as a government money-saving measure, was among the cheapest.
IT was a day when the world turned a little differently.
QUEEN ELIZABETH II was formally welcomed to Ireland by the President Mary McAleese at Áras an Uachtaráin yesterday at her first official engagement at the start of her historic four-day state visit.
The British Queen will arrive in Dublin shortly to begin an historic four-day visit to Ireland.
The event reflects 21st century relations between Britain and Ireland, says Jennifer Hough
The first State visit to the Republic of Ireland by a British monarch is to made by the Queen Elizabeth II later this year.
The Prince of Wales made an historic visit the Irish Embassy in London tonight - the first time a member of the British Royal Family has visited the institution.
THE Government hasapproved the biggest shake-up of Ireland’s diplomatic representation since the foundation of the State.
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