President Micheal D Higgins meets UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon
President Micheal D Higgins is this afternoon meeting with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon at a private lunch at Aras an Uachtarain.
The UN secretary is visiting Ireland with his wife Yoo Soon-taek and are celebrating the 60th anniversary of Ireland’s membership of the United Nations.
President Higgins welcomed the couple to the Phoenix Park where they signed the visitors' book.
They are now going for lunch which was also attended by officials from the Department of Foreign Affairs, the President's office and UN officials including the UN advisor on human rights and the UN advisor on disarmament.
At the lunch the President and Secretary General focused on global events with an emphasis on sustainable development.
On the menu is Clonakilty pudding with crisped bacon on a bed of salad leaves with toasted walnuts and onion marmalade.
This is followed by grilled supreme of salmon glazed with garden honey, fish sauce, asparagus bunch and Parisienne potato in potato baskets.
For dessert, they will enjoy apple pie with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce.
Yesterday Ban Ki Moon was awarded the Tipperary International Peace prize.
Speaking as he accepted that award, he hailed the passing of the same sex referendum as a victory for human rights.
"This is a truly historic moment: Ireland has become the first country in the world to approve marriage equality in a nationwide referendum," he said.
"The result sends an important message to the world: All people are entitled to enjoy their human rights no matter who they are or whom they love."