V.V.Gira father was a prominent lawyer and he came to Ireland to study law at UCD in 1913.  He became associated with Sinn Fein figures and was deported to India by the British in 1916.

When he returned to India he became prominent in labour politics and became the leader of the Railwaymen’s union.  He was impressed by political and labour developments during his Irish visit.  After Indian independence he became a senior figure in politics becoming ambassador to Ceylon as it then was.  He became president of India in 1969 and served until 1974.  He died in 1980.