Czech president beginning three-day visit to Ireland


President Klaus is on a three-day official state visit to Ireland. The Czech president is due to meet his Irish counterpart, Mary McAleese, Taoiseach Brian Cowen and other senior politicians during his stay, which will be spent in Dublin and Cork. A planned meeting between Mr Klaus and the man who led the No campaign against Ireland ratifying the Lisbon treaty, Declan Ganley, has drawn a cool response from the Irish government, who are reported to have made a complaint to the Czech Embassy in Dublin. The Czech president is a fierce opponent of further European integration.