French President Emmanuel Macron is making his first official visit to Ireland on Thursday.
He is due to undertake a day-long visit to Dublin which will see him meet President Michael D. Higgins and Taoiseach Micheál Martin, as well as visit Trinity College and the Guinness Enterprise Center.
Mr. Macron will be accompanied by his Ministers of Foreign Affairs, European Affairs and Finance.
The trip fulfills part of Mr Macron’s electoral pledge to visit the 27 EU member states, with Ireland being one of only four countries not yet to be removed from his list.
A trip to Phoenix Park is first on his itinerary, with Mr Macron ready to join Mr Higgins in Áras an Uachtaráin in the morning for what is billed as an academic discussion.
He will then travel to government buildings to meet Mr Martin for a lunch in which Brexit, the future of the EU, corporate tax, Covid-19 and the current situation in Afghanistan are expected to be on today’s agenda. The two leaders will hold a joint press conference after lunch.
After that, Mr Macron will visit Trinity College, in the Long Room Library, before striking up a conversation with the students on a range of topics.
He will then travel to the Guinness Enterprise Center where he will meet Irish and French entrepreneurs based at the facility and discuss the impact the center has had on the development of the region.
Finally, Mr Macron is expected to return to Áras an Uachtaráin, where Mr Higgins will host a reception in his honor.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and his Irish counterpart Simon Coveney are to sign a “common action plan” for greater cultural, economic and political cooperation between the countries during the visit.
The plan includes the Celtic interconnection that will connect Ireland to the continental electricity grid and university faculty exchanges similar to the Erasmus program for students.