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EP President expresses sadness at passing of Irish Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney

"I was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Irish Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney.

In his inspiring poem Beacons at Bealtaine of 1 May 2004 composed to greet European enlargement, the lines  "So on a day when newcomers appear Let it be a homecoming …," summarises in a short simple phrase the real meaning of the European Union, namely a home for all Europeans."