President honours high profile peace committee at Aras

Nick Rabbitts at Áras an Uachtaráin

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Nick Rabbitts at Áras an Uachtaráin

President honours high profile peace committee at Aras

President Higgins chatting with Tipperary Peace Institute members

THE sterling efforts of a group of people who promote peace and harmony throughout the world has been recognised with one of the highest honours in the land.

For the last 35 years, the Tipperary Peace Institute, based in Tipperary Town, has honoured many international leaders who have played a pivotal role in bringing peace to this island and the world.

Among those people receiving the group’s award were Nelson Mandela, Bill Clinton, Ban-ki Moon, and former Irish President Mary McAleese.

Now to mark the occasion of their 35th anniversary, members of the Tipperary Peace Institute journeyed up to Áras an Uachtaráin in the Phoenix Park for a reception with President Michael D Higgins.

Addressing the event, President Higgins said: “Peace did not easily arrive here overnight. It was carefully constructed by many groups and individuals including the Peace Institute. If you look at the lists, you will see the Peace Institute are often among the most active people achieving that peace.”

But he warned that peace remains fragile, highlighting the fact that in 2017, more than 80,000 people were forced to leave their homes due to conflict.