Derry to host Michael D Higgins first offical visit to the north

Derry is set to be the location of president-elect Michael D Higgins first visit to Northern Ireland since his election.

He is due to travel to Derry on Sunday for the final of the all-island school choir of the year competition.

These will be one of Mr Higgins’ first formal engagements following his inauguration in Dublin Castle on Friday.

Under the rules of the Irish constitution, the president can only leave the state with the consent of the government but in this case the granting of permission is normally a formality and will be approved at the cabinet’s meeting on Tuesday.