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Saturday 23 August 2014

Higgins calls for end to homophobic bullying

Brian McDonald

Published 22/03/2014 | 02:30

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The first state visit of an Irish President by Michael D Higgins to Great Britain is an event charged with symbolism

PRESIDENT Michael D Higgins urged all involved in education to play their part in eliminating bullying, especially homophobic bullying.

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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.

Irish Independent

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