Modi held talks with Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny and addressed Indian diaspora at the Indian Community Reception in Dublin.
Here are some facts you need to know about India-Ireland relations
- Formal diplomatic links were established between India and Ireland in 1947.
- An Indian embassy was opened in Dublin in 1951 while Irish embassy in New Delhi became operational in 1964.
- India hosted three Irish presidents Eamon de Valera in 1948, Dr Patrick Hillery in 1979 and Mrs Mary Robinson in 1993.
- Two Indian presidents Dr. S. Radhakrishnan and N Sanjiva Reddy paid a visit to Ireland in 1964 and 1982 respectively.
- Before Narendra Modi, Jawahar Lal Nehru was the only Indian prime minister who visited Ireland twice in 1949 and 1956.
- Irish PM Garrett Fitzgerald arrived India to attend the funeral of Indira Gandhi who was assassinated in 1984.
- Ireland maintained a bilateral aid programme in India since the 1970s when India was, for some time, a ‘priority country' in its ODA efforts.
- There are about 26,000 Indians or persons of Indian origin in Ireland, of whom about 17,000 are Indian citizens.
- Majority of the Indian community is in healthcare (doctors and nurses), IT, engineering and senior management positions.
- The Indian community is well regarded in Ireland.