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 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.
Travelling on the invitation of the government of Australia, Mr Higgins will visit Perth, Melbourne, Hobart in Tasmania, Canberra, Sydney and Brisbane before flying on to New Zealand on October 24th.