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President Higgins pays tribute to monarch

Brian Byrne

Published 03/06/2014 | 02:30

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REPRO FREE. Thursday 20th March 2014.  
Dublin European Institute (DEI) at University College Dublin symposium European Democracy in Crisis with keynote address by the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins.
Picture Jason Clarke Photography.
Michael D. Higgins.

PRESIDENT Michael D Higgins has paid tribute to the king of Spain.

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Mr Higgins spoke of the "deep cultural and political affinities" that Ireland and Spain.

Mr Higgins said: "Spain and Ireland enjoy deep cultural and political affinities, historical and contemporary. I can personally attest to the very special empathy that exists between our nations and our peoples.

"I wish to pay tribute to King Juan Carlos who has been head of state for almost four decades and who succeeded in uniting the Spanish people behind the democratic principles underlying the country's constitution.

"I wish Crown Prince Felipe every success in his new role."

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