Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters conferred on local rep

Honorary degree for local MLA recognises peacebuilding efforts

By Stephen McVey

A South Belfast MLA has been honoured on the other side of the Atlantic for his efforts to build peace and reconciliation. Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey was conferred with an Honorary Degree at LeMoyne College, Syracuse, New York at the end of May.. The degree of Doctor of Humane Letters was conferred at LeMoyne College’s commencement ceremony and was warmly welcomed by the local South Belfast representative,

“I am very pleased to be given this award from such a prestigious college,” said Alex.

“It was unexpected but it is a great honour.”

The degree from the college was in recognition of Alex’s service to the community, his perseverance in building peace and his continuing work for reconciliation. Alex first spoke at LeMoyne in March this year where he made a memorable impression on both faculty members and students.

“A lot of people have contributed in a significant way to the process in Northern Ireland who would have been as worthy of this award as myself,” he said.

“ I made the college aware of this but they saw this as vindication of their decision.”

In introducing him at the commencement ceremony, Patron of the college, Dan Young said: “As a Councillor, as Mayor of Belfast and now as a member of the power sharing government, Alex Maskey continues to act in an inclusive manner. He played a leading role in the Irish Peace Process and continues to work to see all the promises of the historic Good Friday Agreement fulfilled.”

 

Tags: , , , ,

The long wait for freedom

An Irish politician said recently that Irish people would have got freedom sooner – and better – if the 1916 […]

Master blaster misses the point… again

“That’s terrible,” said Peter Sheehan as he sat in the Bridge Bar and Grill in Glengormley watching the Munster hurling […]

Bring the sweet bird song back to your garden

If only workmen weren’t so damned professional nowadays, our birdlife would be in better shape. When Dúlra was a youngster, […]

Why Dave and Enda must now take action

WITH the obscenities that are happening in Gaza, it’s an effort to wrench attention back to our own tormented situation. […]

Nature bestows its bounty on our birdlife

MAYBE it’s something to do with growing older, with the knowledge incrementally increasing with each day that you’ll not be […]

Why do loyal wee Ulster’s sportsmen get the best and worst of both worlds?

RORY McIlroy – or Rory McIlbhoy as he’s now referred to in the Twaddell caravan – probably thought he had […]