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Monday 25 September 2017

400 greet President at bash for homeless

HUNDREDS turned out to greet President Michael D Higgins at a special party for Dublin's homeless community.

The main man donned his Sunday best as he arrived to a packed-out bash last night, organised in aid of the city's lesser privileged population.

A crowd of 400 enjoyed a hot meal, musical entertainment and a chance to say hello to Michael D at the Dublin Lions Club Homeless Party, which allows for the business community to give back to homeless groups in their hometown.

President Higgins, who was invited as the guest of honour to the event, told of his delight to be welcomed to the occasion.

"It's a great pleasure to be here. The Dublin Lions Club has been running since 1955 and it's doing such great work with its 115 clubs." Continuing the long-standing tradition begun by his Aras predecessors, the Galway native commended the efforts of the dozens of charity workers and assisting Store Street gardai, who arranged the party. "I will as President try to take on concerns and give them to the people who matter ...

"Transformation will have to take place," he added.

Farid Assouad, President of the Dublin Lions Club, told the Herald of the importance to host such an evening and continued efforts by his 35 helpers to aid the homeless.

"This is the most important service that we provide and having the President here is very special. We didn't have to ask twice -- we immediately got a reply to say Michael D was coming and is a huge supporter of our work."

labutler@herald.ie

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