Higgins praises efforts of Capuchin Day Centre volunteers
President Michael D Higgins has hailed the efforts of volunteers who help bring food to the homeless and provide them with a hot meal.
Mr Higgins yesterday paid a visit to the Capuchin Day Centre for the homeless, to wish the volunteers and people enjoying a meal there the best for the new year.
He spoke to groups of the service users eating dinner at the Dublin city centre facility run by Brother Kevin Crowley, before addressing the around 100-strong crowd as a whole.
"I just want to say thank you for sharing this time at Christmas with me," he said.
"I want to wish you all a very happy Christmas and all the light that the coming year can bring you. And I want to say what a privilege it is to be visiting Brother Kevin."
Mr Higgins paid tribute to the work of the people who gave their time to help those struggling.
"There are some people who have been volunteering 10 years, some people for months but I want to say to all of the volunteers, in everything they do, you couldn't be doing something more important.
"We are just after finishing the year, 100 years since 1916, where the only way to make 1916's best promises happen, is where we take care of each other.
"And it is so impressive, to be able to come and share life as Brother Kevin is making possible," he said.
"The children on Sunday, the young mothers, the parcels that go out and the people who break bread and who eat food here together with dignity, that is the stuff of a real republic."