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O’Neill congratulates Ó Muilleoir on US honorary degree

20 May, 2017 - by Michelle O'Neill

Sinn Féin northern leader Michelle O’Neill has congratulated fellow-MLA Máirtín Ó Muilleoir on receiving an honorary degree today, Saturday 20 May, from Quinnipiac University in Connecticut, USA.

Michelle O’Neill said:

“This is testament to Máirtín’s role over many decades of promoting peace and justice in the North of Ireland and his proud record of public service both as an elected representative and as a business leader who built strong and unprecedented links with Irish America. 

"Quinnipiac University has forged a reputation for academic excellence and strong social values.

“But its contribution to Irish America, under the leadership of college president John Lahey, is also legendary. 

“As home to the recently-opened Museum of Ireland’s Great Hunger, it boasts the greatest collection in the world of artworks relating to the Irish Famine and through the Institute of Ireland’s Great Hunger, the university is at the cutting edge of research into the Irish Famine.

“John Lahey made his first visit to Belfast in 20 years last October when he opened the Belfast International Homecoming. 

“Subsequently, Quinnipiac participated in the Friendship Four ice hockey tournament in Belfast and brought a study group of 50 students to Belfast. 

“I am confident the conferring of this honorary degree by the university on Máirtín Ó Muilleoir will herald further bonds of education, heritage and sport between Quinnipiac and the North of Ireland.”

Previous recipients of honorary degrees from Quinnipiac include US Senator Richard Blumenthal, Jessica Jackley co-founder of the microlending website KIVA and An Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

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