Irish President Michael Higgins to pay respects to Berkeley balcony collapse victims

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Irish President Michael Higgins
Irish President Michael Higgins visited UC Berkeley on October 26, 2015 and spoke about his vision to end global poverty.

BERKELEY, Calif. (KGO) -- The president of Ireland is visiting Berkeley to pay his respects after June's deadly balcony collapse. President Michael Higgins will meet with first responders and residents who helped victims today.

He'll also join Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates to plant a strawberry tree at MLK Civic Center Park downtown. The tree will be dedicated to victims of the collapse, including five Irish students and a young Irish-American woman from Rohnert Park. The mayor's office says the strawberry tree was chosen because it is native to both Ireland and California.

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