At the eighth Daniel O’Connell Memorial Lecture, hosted by the Council of The Bar of Ireland, the President spoke about the challenge of human rights for contemporary law, politics and economics.
President Higgins said that human rights are not an aspiration; that they remain an urgent requirement of law and of our democracy and that the demands of universal rights and human dignity continue to be tested every day in our courts.
Chairman of the Council of The Bar of Ireland, David Barniville SC, said; “It is most fitting that this year’s Daniel O’Connell memorial lecture is delivered by President Higgins, who throughout his life, in tandem with an almost 40 year career as a public representative has campaigned for human rights and for the promotion of peace and democracy in Ireland and in many other parts of the world. Daniel O’Connell was one of the most distinguished barristers of his day and – like President Higgins – the universality of human rights was central to his work, and ultimately to his legacy."
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