President Michael D Higgins has offered condolences on behalf of the Irish people upon the death of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. Said President Higgins in part: “Prince Philip was a steadfast support to Queen Elizabeth II. He accompanied the Queen on her many visits to Northern Ireland and also on her historic State Visit to Ireland in 2011. I recall with a special appreciation how welcome he made Sabina and I feel in 2014, when I was making the first State Visit by an Irish Head of State to the United Kingdom in 2014. My hope is that these visits in 2011 and 2014, which he shared, will continue to be symbols of what we share as neighbours in friendship, peace and a sustainable future.” Philip is pictured here in Dublin in 2006 with then President of Ireland Mary McAleese. RollingNews.ie file photo.