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Catalan president Carles Puigdemont has today started his two-day visit to the Republic of Ireland.

This morning he met with former Taoiseach (prime minister) Bertie Ahern in Dublin. They had a "friendly meeting" in the capital of the Republic of Ireland, during which they discussed the Catalan situation among other international issues. Ahern, who signed the Good Friday Agreement, wanted to learn "first hand" about the current situation in Catalonia.

Puigdemont then met with Catalan digital policy and public administration minister Jordi Puigneró, also in Dublin currently. Together, they visited an olive tree dedicated to Barcelona and the Irish citizens who fought in the War of the Spanish Succession.

Carles Puigdemont, Jordi Puigneró Irlanda Dublin ACN


Puigneró is in Ireland to hold meetings on the subjects of digital rights and investment in Catalonia. He placed a yellow loop on the tree in homage to the imprisoned pro-independence leaders.

In the afternoon, Puigdemont visited the Oireachtas, the Irish Parliament, to meet the group of Friends of Catalonia.

Josep Lluís Alay, the director of Puigdemont's office, tweeted that the president "has explained the Catalan conflict to Irish deputies and senators: Catalonia's right to self-determination, political prisoners and exiles, Spanish repression, construction of the Catalan Republic".

He then gave a speech at Trinity College: