RCPI President, Prof Mary Horgan, has presented John and Ann Higgins, from Ballina, Co Mayo, with a Certificate in Recognition for Public Health Advocacy at an event organised by the Alcohol Health Alliance to mark the passage of the Public Health Alcohol Bill into Law. John and Ann Higgins have campaigned for this important legislation to be enacted following the death of their son David.
Presenting the award Prof Horgan said, “Advocating for the health of the nation is a long standing tradition of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. It is something that we are very proud of.
“We have opportunities at RCPI to formally acknowledge those who make an extraordinary contribution for the common good. Today I am delighted that this College can recognise the campaigning work of John and Ann Higgins. I know many of you will have watched John’s moving video about the death of their son David. It took enormous courage and strength, in the midst of your own terrible loss, to speak up and campaign to make a difference.
“I hope it is some consolation to you both that you have been instrumental in ensuring that the Public Health Alcohol Bill is now the law of the land. It is a tribute to you both and your family. I want to sincerely thank you both,” Prof Horgan said.
Alcohol Health Alliance Ireland was established by the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and Alcohol Action Ireland to support the Public Health Alcohol Bill, which has now been signed into law.
Prof Horgan congratulated all members of the Alcohol Health Alliance, which includes over 50 organisations, for their successful campaign.