Four honorary doctorates awarded at the first of the 2006 conferring ceremoniesRecipients included Dr Ann McGarry, Frank McDonald, Dr Noel McDonagh and Liam Kelleher

Dublin, Saturday 21 October, 2006: In the first of its 2006 series of Graduation ceremonies, Dublin Institute of Technology conferred graduates of the Faculties of Science and the Built Environment on Saturday. The ceremonies, which took place in St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin in front of hundreds of the graduates families and friends, also included the awarding of four honorary doctorates.

Dr Ann Mc Garry, Chief Executive Officer of the Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland (RPII), was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate in recognition of her outstanding achievement in the field of science. Dr. McGarry has worked for the RPII since its establishment in 1994 and was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Institute in 2002. She is noted for her work on radon in buildings and regulation of uses of ionising radiation in medicine and industry. At national level she works with such bodies as the Food Safety Authority of Ireland, the Health & Safety Authority and Civil Defence Ireland, and has championed the appropriate collaborations between these organisations and the RPII.

Pictured at the Faculty of Science Graduation ceremony President of DIT, Professor Brian Norton and Honorary Doctorate recipient Dr Ann McGarry, Chief Executive Officer of the Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland.

In the afternoon ceremony Environmental Editor of the Irish Times, Frank McDonald; Chartered Surveyor, Dr Noel McDonagh; and Director General of the Construction Industry Federation, Liam Kelleher were conferred with Honorary Doctorates.

Pictured left to right: Chartered Surveyor, Dr Noel McDonagh; Director General of the Construction Industry Federation, Liam Kelleher and Environmental Editor of the Irish Times, Frank McDonald.

In selecting Frank McDonald for the award, the President of DIT, Professor Brian Norton, highlighted his outstanding journalistic achievements, particularly concerning the environment. According to Professor Norton, "Frank McDonald, as one of Ireland's leading journalists, has not only highlighted but changed the way people view and respond to environmental issues. He has broadened the debate and engendered great respect and admiration in the process."

Dr Noel McDonagh, a graduate of DIT, was chosen to receive an Honorary Doctorate for his outstanding professional contribution and innovation in the field of Chartered Surveying. Dr McDonagh has been one of the most prominent and pre-eminent Chartered Surveyors in Ireland over the past forty years. He was the first President of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors to be elected from outside the UK and has served on many industry advisory bodies and research committees. He is co-founder and Chairman of Self Help Development International, a non-governmental organisation that focuses on integrated rural development programmes, mainly in eastern Africa. Dr McDonagh was selected as one of Ireland's 'People of the Year' in 1995 for his work in helping third world countries become self-sufficient.

Liam Kelleher, the Director General of the Construction Industry Federation (CIF), was also honoured with an Honorary Doctorate in recognition of his outstanding service to industry and the professions. According to Professor Brian Norton; "Liam Kelleher has been to the fore in guiding and shaping the construction industry in Ireland for over a decade." Through engagement with relevant Government departments and professional groups he has helped develop the sector and inform industry policy. In managing the challenges and significant opportunities the sector meets Liam Kelleher has helped mould a highly-skilled workforce in an industry that is an important economic driver. In his role as Director General of the CIF he represents and serves 3,000 members in all areas of the Irish construction industry.

Previous recipients of Honorary Doctorates from Dublin Institute of Technology have included entrepreneur and philanthropist, Niall Mellon; Director General of Trade, David O'Sullivan; BBC Africa correspondent, Orla Guerin; former manager of the Republic of Ireland soccer team, Brian Kerr; MIT Professor, Neville Hogan; actor, Pierce Brosnan; the Former Provost of Trinity College, Dr. Tom Mitchell; Former President of Ireland, Mary Robinson; sports star, Sonia O'Sullivan; composer, Bill Whelan and journalist and broadcaster, Marian Finucane.

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