President Higgins starts 24-day visit to Australia and New Zealand

Focus is on strengthening economic, tourism, cultural and historical ties between the countries

 President Michael D Higgins with the governor-general of the Commonwealth of Australia, Sir Peter Cosgrove, Lady Cosgrove and Sabina Higgins, at Áras an Uachtaráin last month. Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography

President Michael D Higgins with the governor-general of the Commonwealth of Australia, Sir Peter Cosgrove, Lady Cosgrove and Sabina Higgins, at Áras an Uachtaráin last month. Photograph: Conor McCabe Photography

President Michael D Higgins leaves Áras an Uachtaráin in Dublin on Wednesday for the start of a 24-day visit to Australia and New Zealand marking the seventh and eighth State visits of his presidency.

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