Updated: 18/06/12 : 05:22:24
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Freedom of Dublin today for Aung San Suu Kyi

Burma's pro-democracy campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi is due to arrive in Ireland later today as part of her first trip to Europe in 24 years.

She will fly in from Oslo where she collected the Nobel peace prize she was awarded in 1991.

Ms Suu Kyi has led a peaceful campaign against the country's military leadership for more than two decades and spent 15 years under house arrest.

It was only last month, two years after her release, that she felt confident she would be allowed return to Burma if she travelled abroad.

This year she also led 42 other members of her National League for Democracy into parliament.

Aung San Suu Kyi will keep a tight schedule during her six hour long visit to Dublin.

She will be greeted by the Tanaiste at Dublin Airport before visiting President Higgins at Aras an Uachtarain.

Bono will present her with the Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience of Award at a concert in the Bord Gais Energy Theatre.

Thousands of people are expected to welcome the Nobel laureate to Ireland during an open-air address at Grand Canal Plaza in Dublin at 8pm.

She is to formally accept the Freedom of the City that was conferred in 2000 before leaving on a flight to London.

RTE