Belfast Telegraph

Friday 31 October 2014

McAleese plans Denmark state visit

President Mary McAleese is to make a three-day state visit to Denmark

President Mary McAleese is to make a three-day state visit to Denmark to promote business and tourism links.

Mrs McAleese will travel to the Scandinavian state on Sunday to flag up opportunities for improved co-operation between Irish and Danish firms involved in renewable energy and tourism.

The President will hold talks with Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen and Thor Pedersen, president of the Folketing (parliament), in Copenhagen on Monday.

She will also address business leaders including Danish clients of Enterprise Ireland, Tourism Ireland, IDA and Bord Bia ahead of a dinner hosted by Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II.

Energy experts have been lined up to detail Denmark's experience in turning away from reliance on oil and gas to renewables.

Mrs McAleese will tour Samso, where she will be briefed on the community's success in converting the island from fossil fuels energy to wind turbines, solar cells and biomass plants, and the Samso Energy Academy, renowned for its work on sustainable energy for small islands and peripheral regions.

European Affairs Minister Dick Roche will travel with the President.

The trip will also focus on cultural links, with a visit to Roskilde where the President will view the Sea Stallion of Glendalough, the replica Viking ship built in Denmark and Ireland.

She will also visit Roskilde Cathedral, a Unesco World Heritage site and burial place of the kings and queens of Denmark, and attend the official opening of Tourism Ireland's Nordic headquarters, highlighting growth potential for visitors from the country.

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