Visit to Ireland of President Pahor of Slovenia30 September 2014
The President of the Republic of Slovenia, H.E. Mr Borut Pahor will begin a two-day working visit to Ireland today. The visit serves as an opportunity to strengthen the excellent relationship between Ireland and Slovenia, both bilaterally and as members of the EU.
Tomorrow, President Michael D Higgins will host a working lunch in honour of the Slovenian President at Áras an Uachtaráin. Later that day, President Pahor will meet with the Taoiseach, Mr Enda Kenny, TD.
During his visit to Ireland, President Pahor will also meet with the Governor of the Central Bank, Mr Patrick Honohan, and deliver a speech at Trinity College Dublin on addressing international peace and security challenges. He will also engage in a cultural programme including a visit to the Book of Kells.
The President will be accompanied by the Ambassador-designate of Slovenia to Ireland, Mr Tadej Rupel, who will present his credentials to President Higgins this month. Ireland will also shortly have a new Ambassador to Slovenia, Mr Pat Kelly, who will take over from H.E. Mr Kieran Dowling at Embassy Ljubljana in December.
The President’s visit comes ten years after Slovenia joined the EU in May 2004. Ireland has always been a strong supporter of the enlargement process which promotes peace, security, democracy, human rights and prosperity for the people of Europe. Bilateral trade with Slovenia is approximately €51m in goods and services, and there is a growing Irish community of about sixty people in Slovenia, particularly in the capital, Ljubjana, whose famous castle was “greened” for the first time this St Patricks Day.