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Friday 15 December 2017

Thousands greet Aung San Suu Kyi on one of her 'most unforgettable days'

BURMA's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi called her six-hour visit to Ireland "one of my most unforgettable days".

SHE said, "You stood by us in our time of trouble. You are part of my heart. I really mean it with my whole heart."

The thousands who gathered in Grand Canal Plaza sang Happy Birthday as the leader who spent 15 years under house arrest celebrates her 67th birthday today.

Earlier she met Foreign Minister Eamon Gilmore at Dublin airport and President Michael D Higgins at Aras an Uachtarain.

Ms Suu Kyi then joined Bono and Bob Geldof for a special tribute concert at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre where the U2 singer presented her with Amnesty International's Ambassador of Conscience award.

Bono paid tribute to how she rejected violence despite the brutality she experienced.

He said: "Peace is not just the absence of war around us, but the absence of war within us."

The Burmese leader then moved outside to the Plaza where she was cheered loudly and the crowd sang Happy Birthday to their guest.

Dublin's Lord Mayor Andrew Montague then presented her with the proclamation of the Freedom Of Dublin City.

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