President Higgins pays tribute to monarch
PRESIDENT Michael D Higgins has paid tribute to the king of Spain.
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."