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Ireland ‘needs own honours list’

The Republic needs its own version of the Queen's birthday list to recognise the achievements of outstanding citizens, claims a TD.

The move would open the door for an annual award ceremony to recognise people for their contribution to Irish life.

In recent years a growing number have been included in the Queen's Honours including Ballymena-born actor Liam Neeson, Terry Wogan and Bob Geldolf. Others such as former President Mary Robinson have been awarded by the US. But there is no formal way for people to recognise Ireland's quiet heroes.

Fianna Fail TD Chris Andrews wants an award for outstanding citizens including people from the fields of arts, sports and business.

“I believe that the establishment of such an award would be viewed very positively by the Irish people,” he said.

But the TD added: “No sitting politician would be in the running.”

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