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Maskey Awarded Honorary Doctorate - McCartney

19 June, 2012 - by Alex Maskey, Raymond McCartney

Sinn Féin Party Group Leader in the Assembly, Raymond McCartney has congratulated Alex Maskey on receiving a honourary doctorate bestowed upon him from LeMoyne College in Syracuse New York for his work on the peace process.

 Mr. McCartney said,

 “I would like to congratulate my colleague Alex Maskey on his award from LeMoyne College in New York.LeMoyne College is one of the leading Jesuit Colleges in the USA and it a huge honour for Alex Maskey to be selected for the international award for his work on the Peace Process.

“Alex is worthy of this award as he has worked tirelessly towards making the peace process a success.From being the first Sinn Féin Councillor elected to Belfast City Council where he was faced with hostility from Unionists he endured to become a well-respected Councillor by all parties and eventually Mayor.

“As Mayor of Belfast he opened up new ground in recognising all the traditions and helped built partnerships between the communities that still exist today.Alex has been central in working towards building a lasting peace in Ireland and has traveled to other parts of the world to share his experiences of peace building including the Basque country and the Middle East and is well deserving of the award.”

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