President Mary McAleese has issued a warning about the link between suicide and illegal drugs.

Mrs McAleese called for an awareness campaign directed at young people to counter what she described as the erroneous view that marijuana was a benign substance.

Separately, the President also observed that there was still an undercurrent of both bias and hostility which young gay people must find deeply hurtful and inhibiting.

The President was speaking at an international conference on suicide in Killarney, Co Kerry.