Lise Hand: Standing ovation for President Higgins after UNESCO speech
Published 19/02/2013 | 12:06
PRESIDENT Michael D Higgins received a rapturous reception for his speech at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris earlier today.
His 35-minute address - which ran for ten minutes longer than scheduled - went down a storm with the delegates from the 195 member states of the organisation, and was met with cheering and a prolonged standing ovation.
It was the first engagement of day two of the President's official visit to France, and Michael D spoke on a theme close to his heart - the recognition of the power and importance of culture in global society.