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Irish lawmakers visiting to promote bilateral ties

TAIPEI -- A group of Irish parliamentarians are visiting Taiwan to learn more about the country's public health, democratic development and investment environment and strengthen bilateral ties, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

The group is led by John McGuinness, chairman of the Ireland Taiwan Parliamentary Friendship Society and includes Olivia Mitchell, John Deasy, Colm Keaveney and Catherine Noone, the ministry said.

On a six-day visit that will wrap up Jan. 9, they are scheduled to meet with President Ma Ying-jeou and call on Taiwanese lawmakers and officials at the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Economic Affairs, as well as the National Health Insurance Administration, the ministry said in a statement.

Their itinerary also includes visits to National Taiwan University Children Hospital, Southern Taiwan Science Park and Kaohsiung Harbor, the ministry added.

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