Higgins calls for end to homophobic bullying
PRESIDENT Michael D Higgins urged all involved in education to play their part in eliminating bullying, especially homophobic bullying.
The President was paying tribute to the teachers at Colaiste Iognaid in Galway who had played such a large part in his family's life.
He was guest of honour at the formal opening of the state-of-the-art Andrews Building at the secondary school known in Galway simply as 'the Jes'.
President Higgins' daughter Alice-Mary and sons John, Michael and Daniel are all past-pupils of the co-educational school.
His wife Sabina served for 16 years on the parents' council.
"This has been a special place in our lives", he told the 630 students and an invited audience.
"It is very important to eliminate bullying – especially homophobic bullying."
Later, President Higgins was presented with an honorary life membership award by the NUI Galway Law Society.