A Roscommon senator has become the first Irish politician to become an honourary member of the Council of Europe.
Former TD Terry Leyden was honoured this week in Strasbourg having first taken a role at the parliamentary assembly of the Council of Europe in 1992.
The non-elected body is a monitoring group which aims to promote positive human rights and has previously campaigned on child protection issues as well as working to protect minority groups’ rights.
Senator Leyden was presented with an honorary member diploma and assembly medal at a special reception.
Speaking to Shannonside FM, he says it’s a great honour: