President hits out at racism, homophobia

26/03/2012
Submitted by ILGA-Europe

Original article: http://www.rte.ie/news/2012/0324/higginsm.html

President Michael D Higgins has hit out at homophobia and racism in Ireland describing it as a "blight on society".

President Michael D Higgins has hit out at what he described as "the appalling, destructive reality of homophobia".

The President made his remarks this morning while addressing a conference organised by youth organisation Foróige.

President Higgins described suicide resulting from racism and homophobia as an appalling blight on a society.

"The idea that any young person would be driven not just to lower self-esteem, exclusion, isolation, loneliness but self destruction itself is an appalling blight on a society," he said.

"We have to ask about how racism gets going, how homophobia does its destructive work, how isolation tears at a person's wanting to exist, how important every person is. These are important issues, they are not merely emotional issues," President Higgins added.

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