Gay rights activist Rory O'Neill, also known as Panti Bliss, has received an honorary degree from Trinity College Dublin this afternoon.

Mr O’Neill received the doctorate from the university, along with fellow campaigner Senator David Norris.

Other notable recipients honoured today included Nelson Mandela’s widow and politician Graca Machel as well as campaigner for the homeless, Fr Peter McVerry, and the Holocaust survivor Tomi Reichental.

All five were conferred with a Doctor of Laws during a ceremony at the university.

69 PhD candidates were also conferred, among them RTÉ presenter Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin.