McAleese Concludes Final State Visit

President Mary McAleese has concluded her final foreign tour as the Irish head of State.

The President who was accompanied by Minister for Justice Alan Shatter met with Irish citizens living in Beirut at a reception hosted by the Irish ambassador to Lebanon.

It was the final engagement at the end of hectic three-day trip to the country, during which she met Irish troops serving with the UN.

Mrs McAleese’s very first official overseas trip was to Lebanon in 1997 and 14 years later this tour marked the end of her presidential duties abroad.

Mrs McAleese admitted this weekend that she would miss her time in office, and when asked if she had any advice for her successor, she recommended  they get a comfortable desk chair.

The presidential reins will be handed over to her successor following the October 27 election.


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