Higgins leads tributes to SVP stalwart
President Michael D Higgins has led tributes to Prof John Monaghan, the former national vice-president of the St Vincent de Paul Society, who has died following a battle with cancer.
"Throughout his career, Prof Monaghan was a passionate advocate for the importance of education and an ethic of care. Through his work with the Society of St Vincent de Paul, John Monaghan set a powerful example of practical solidarity and inclusiveness, working to improve the welfare of those most in need," said Mr Higgins.
Prof Monaghan, who died yesterday at the age of 73, was a native of Drimnagh, Dublin, and left school at 14 following his father's death. He worked as a mechanic at a garage while attending Bolton Street College where he went on to become a lecturer in engineering before teaching mechanical engineering at Trinity College Dublin.
He became involved with the St Vincent de Paul charity in 1985 and was a passionate advocate for social justice.