Dutch industrialist Tiede Herrema, who was kidnapped almost 40 years ago in Limerick by the IRA, has met President Michael D Higgins.

Dr Herrema and his wife Elisabeth met the President at Áras an Uachtaráin yesterday morning.

The kidnapping happened on 3 October 1975 as he was leaving his home to go to the Ferenka factory that he ran. It was the city's biggest employer at the time.

The kidnappers had demanded the release of three high-profile republican prisoners.

Following a major security operation, the kidnappers were traced to a house in Co Kildare.

Dr Herrema was released over a month after he was kidnapped.

Both he and his wife left Ireland shortly after his release, but they were both made honorary Irish citizens in recognition of their ordeal.

He visits Ireland regularly and this was his 20th visit to Áras an Uachtaráin.