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McLaughlin awarded professorship by Queen's

By Staff Reporter

Former Assembly Speaker Mitchel McLaughlin has been awarded an Honorary Professorship in Peace Studies by Queen's University, Belfast.

It comes just days after former first minister and DUP leader Peter Robinson was awarded the same position.

Involved in politics for over 50 years, Mr McLaughlin served as Stormont Speaker from 2015 until 2016, and was an MLA for Foyle and South Antrim.

Mr McLaughlin was also chairman and later general secretary of Sinn Finn.

Welcoming the appointment, Professor Richard English, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Internationalisation and Engagement at Queen's, said: "Mitchel McLaughlin has played a key role in local politics for over 50 years, and in his work as Assembly Speaker he was widely respected.

"His significant breadth of experience will complement the work of the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice and I look forward very much to his contribution over the next three years."

Mr McLaughlin will give his first lecture on June 26, entitled: Hope and History. Mr Robinson's first lecture on June 7 is entitled Negotiating The Way Forward: Restoring Government In Northern Ireland.

Both will be free and open to the public.

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