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Why no honorary doctorates for peacemakers?

Might I inquire as to why, neither singly nor jointly, were Martin McGuinness and the late Dr Paisley offered honorary doctorates by our two universities given the contribution both made to the cementing of peace in Northern Ireland?

It's not as if either institution is rather picky when it comes to conferring these degrees on celebrities and personalities of all sorts. Many of these people have not even left a dog-ear on a single book since Dick and Dora were youngsters.

Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and the former Prime Minister Tony Blair were raised to PhD by Queen's in 2008.

It is unthinkable that neither university considered the candidacy of the former First Minister and the current Deputy First Minister considering the steps that both men took towards finding peace in Northern Ireland.

It would be interesting to know the substance of both universities' deliberations and eventual decision not to approach either of them. One wouldn't like to think that both men were boycotted because of the very associations which made their co-operation in office so critical in changing the political and economic climate in which the universities operate.

Or because they were only Ulstermen and not respectable enough.

M A GREER

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