"We hope to further develop strong people-to-people and economic ties with Ireland in the years to come," PM Modi had said in a Facebook post in reference to the visit. Relations between India and Ireland date back to independence and in 2013, the total trade in goods and services was pegged at euro 2.48 billion.

The key items of Irish export include computer hardware and software, pharmaceuticals and chemicals, food and machinery. Indian exports to Ireland cover textiles, garments and clothing accessories, pharmaceuticals, light engineering goods and chemicals.

Major Indian companies with a presence in Ireland include pharma majors like Wockhardt, Sun Pharma and Reliance Genemedix and information technology firms like FirstSource, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), HCL and Wipro.

Following the government-level interactions, the Prime Minister will interact with the Indian community in Ireland at a special event being hosted at Hotel Double Tree Hilton in Dublin.

The last Indian prime minister to visit Ireland was Jawaharlal Nehru in 1956.

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