Irish president and Taoiseach attend Queen lying in state

Taoiseach Micheal Martin has said that he and Ireland’s president Michael D Higgins come to London for the late Queen’s funeral “reflecting that admiration and respect” that people around the world, particularly in Ireland, had for her. Speaking to reporters in London, the Taoiseach said that “her warmth, her authentic actions, and by actions and by what she did, she made an enormous contribution”. “I think it also reflects the breadth and the depth of the relationship between Britain and Ireland. Between the British people and the Irish people, and many Irish in Britain, for whom this is a sad occasion in terms of the passing of Queen Elizabeth," he said. “She was a constant in many lives for a long, long time. An extraordinary, historic reign. “I do appreciate the invitation to be here, accompanying the president, on such a sad occasion, but also one which allows us to reflect, to recognise Queen Elizabeth’s contribution to the quality of life and particularly reconciliation between these two islands, and was happy to take that opportunity.”