President has addressed the chamber in Westminster
“Mr. Speaker, Lord Speaker,
Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister,
Leader of the Opposition and distinguished guests:
I am delighted to be with you today.
Tá fíor-chaoin áthas orm bheith anseo libh.
On the first day of this State Visit, I have been graciously and warmly
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle, and I have come to this
place from a poignant and uplifting visit to Westminster Abbey. I am
greatly honoured to be the first President of Ireland to address you in
this distinguished Palace of Westminster.
As a former parliamentarian, honoured to have spent twenty-five years as a
member of Dáil Éireann, and a further decade serving in our Upper House,
Seanad Éireann, it constitutes a very special privilege to be speaking
today in a place…
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