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Michael D Higgins
Michael D Higgins sees the memorial in Birmingham at the start of a three-day visit to England.
The families of the Birmingham Pub Bombing victims met the Irish president - just two weeks before the fresh inquests into their deaths.
In his first visit to Birmingham as Irish President, Michael D Higgins attended a ceremony for a new memorial to the 21 people who died in 1974.
Speaking about the memorial Mr Higgins said: "I wanted to pay tribute and offer the respect of memory and sympathy to all of the innocent victims and their families and I do so as the President of Ireland."
He also praised the city's Irish community who became part of the "very fabric" of the city.
He remarked on the work of Irish men in the 1950s who "built so much in the region", including famous Birmingham landmarks such as the NEC events venue and the Spaghetti Junction road system.