President Michael D Higgins to visit South AmericaTuesday 02 October 2012 23.39
President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina have departed on an official visit to South America.
They will visit Argentina, Brazil and Chile before returning home in two weeks.
Áras an Uachtaráin said it hoped the trip will reinforce Ireland's strong relations with the three countries.
Minister of State for Trade and Development Joe Costello will also be on the trip.