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Michael D Higgins in plea during visit to Warrington peace centre

By Staff Reporter

Published 23/07/2015

Michael D Higgins (right) and wife Sabina (second left) with Colin and Wendy Parry
Michael D Higgins (right) and wife Sabina (second left) with Colin and Wendy Parry
Tim Parry

Irish President Michael D Higgins has urged people to reach out to those at risk of being sucked into radicalisation and extremism.

At a visit to the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace centre in Warrington, Cheshire, yesterday the Head of State said the work of the foundation was an inspiration. It is 22 years since the IRA murdered three-year-old Johnathan Ball and 12-year-old Tim Parry, who died five days after the no-warning bomb detonated in a bin in the busy town centre.

Mr Higgins warned that radicalisation of young people was fast becoming one of the most significant threats in a global society.

"For all of us who are committed to the ideals of freedom, tolerance and peace, it is essential that we engage with those excluded individuals who may be drawn towards extremism and radicalisation," Mr Higgins said.

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