Young people were amongst the worst affected by the economic crisis, according to President Michael D Higgins.
He said that providing a solution for these "striking and distressing" consequences is one of the biggest challenges that lies ahead. He made these remarks in an address in Dublin Castle at the 30th Gaisce Awards ceremony yesterday, where he presented gold medals to 60 young people for completing personal and physical challenges.
He arrived to Dublin Castle shortly before 2.30pm and narrowly avoided a group of at least a dozen protesters who had gathered close to an entrance on Dame Street.
It is understood that the President's security detail was notified and they subsequently used an alternative entrance.
This latest security alert comes less than two weeks after he was subjected to vicious slurs from protesters during a public engagement in Finglas.