INTRODUCTION The President of the Irish Republic, Doctor Patrick Hillery, has arrived in West Germany for a four-day state visit.
INTRODUCTION The President of the Irish Republic, Doctor Patrick Hillery, has arrived in West Germany for a four-day state visit. It's the first time an Irish head of State has made an official visit to the country.
SYNOPSIS: Doctor Hillery was welcomed by the West German President, Walter Scheel. During his visit, the Irish President was due to have talks with Chancellor Helmut Schmidt and the Foreign Minister, Hans Dietrich Genscher. He was also meeting West German businessmen, and make several sight-seeing trips.
Doctor Hillery's talks with West German leaders were expected to concentrate on economic issues - including Common Market policies and this year's forthcoming Western economic summit.
Shortly after he arrived the Irish President visited the tomb of the unknown soldier with President Scheel. he laid a wreath and paid his respects. Later on Dr. Hillery visited the house in Bonn where Composer Ludwig von Beethoven was born two hundred years ago. The Irish President also had lunch and dinner with the West German head of state. This was Dr. Hiller's first official trip outside Ireland since he was inaugurate in December. He was chosen as head of state after his predecessor resigned during a constitutional row over his views on an internal security issue.
Dr. Hillery left Bonn at the end of the day for the moated castle at Gymnich, 20 miles away. It is the traditional accommodation for visiting foreign leaders.