Ireland Summary: Higgins heads to China

Irish credit rating raised

  • Ireland's credit rating raised to A from A- by S&P. 

President Michael D Higgins is en route to Beijing 

  • Higgins will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping during the 8 day trip

Jackie Healy-Rae funeral on Monday

  • Will take place at midday in Kilgarvan. 

Positive poll news for Fine Gael

  • Irish Times poll gives Fine Gael lead over other parties for handling of economic matters.