Higgins pays tribute to Chávez
A supporter of Venezuela's president Hugo Chavez holds a poster with a photograph of Chavez and the words
President Michael D Higgins has said his thoughts are with the people of Venezuela after the death of Hugo Chávez.
The Venezuelan president died after a two-year battle with cancer yesterday, ending the socialist leader’s 14-year rule of the South American country.
The 58-year-old won a new six-year term as recently as October.
Mr Higgins said: “I was very sorry to hear of the death, after a long illness, of president Hugo Chávez of Venezuela.
“President Chávez achieved a great deal during his term in office, particularly in the area of social development and poverty reduction.
“I extend my sincere condolences to the family of President Chávez on their great loss. My thoughts and best wishes are also with the people of Venezuela as they come to terms with this sad news.”