Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 16 September 2014

Judge inaugurated as pro-chancellor

Judge Sir Donnell Deeny, originally from Lurgan, Co Armagh, who has been appointed to a senior position at Trinity College Dublin (Trinity College Dublin/PA)
Donnell Deeny, a judge from Northern Ireland, has been inaugurated as a new pro-chancellor at Trinity College, Dublin

A judge from Northern Ireland has been appointed to a senior position at Trinity College Dublin.

Sir Donnell Deeny, originally from Lurgan, Co Armagh was inaugurated at a special ceremony on Thursday night as a new pro-chancellor at the university where he graduated.

He said he was honoured to be the recipient of such a high office.

"I am very glad that the provost and his colleagues are seeking ways to increase the numbers from Northern Ireland, which I feel has so much to contribute to Trinity and is indeed essential to cement its claim to be the premier university on this island," the judge said.

"I would be very happy to work with you in that endeavour, for the sake of Trinity but also for the sake of Northern Ireland which greatly benefited from the exchange."

Sir Donnell is the presiding judge of the chancery division of the High Court of Northern Ireland. He was called to the Bar of Northern Ireland in 1974 and practised there until his appointment to the court in 2004.

He joins five pro-chancellors at Trinity - Professor Dermot McAleese, Professor John Scattergood, Dr Mary Henry, Dr Edward McParland, Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell; and Chancellor Dr Mary Robinson.

Trinity provost Dr Patrick Prendergast said: "As a Trinity graduate he also acts as a great example to prospective students as Trinity embarks on its Northern Ireland engagement programme, stimulating student mobility on the island of Ireland."

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