The president of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, has sent condolences to the family of President H.W Bush, who has passed away.

"People in Ireland will have learned with sadness of the death of former President of the United States of America, George H.W. Bush.

“President George Bush will be remembered for his long life of public service to the people of the United States and as a President who led his country at a period of significant change at national and global level, between the end of the 1980s and mid-1990s - a period of deep challenges to the multilateral institutions.

Irish president Michael D. Higgins. Credit: RollingNews.ie

Irish president Michael D. Higgins. Credit: RollingNews.ie

“To his Presidency of the United States he brought all of the energy and the values he cherished, drawn from his Texas and Massachusetts roots.

“He will be remembered, too, for the directness with which he expressed his policy principles and his efforts to achieve bipartisanship.

“On behalf of the Irish people I offer our deepest sympathies to his family and to the people of the United States."

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1989 official portrait of George H. W. Bush, former President of the United States of America. Public Domain