Posted tagged ‘Martin McAleese’

New DCU Chancellor

August 5, 2011

I am delighted that my former university, Dublin City University, has appointed Dr Martin McAleese to be its new Chancellor. His appointment will reinforce DCU’s status as an ambitious university that also attaches huge importance to educational values, economic development and social progress.

Martin McAleese is an honorary graduate of DCU, and the ceremony at which he and President McAleese were conferred a few years ago was one of the highlights of my presidency. Through this award we were able to recognise the extraordinary role that he played in promoting peace and reconciliation, often behind the scenes, in Northern Ireland.  Subsequently he initiated the Your Country Your Call project, designed to lift recession-bound Ireland out of the negativity and pessimism that was threatening the country’s recovery.

I am confident that, guided by its new Chancellor and led by my successor Brian MacCraith, DCU will go from strength to strength.

In pursuit of national regeneration and self-confidence: Your Country, Your Call

February 17, 2010

This afternoon the President of Ireland, Mrs Mary McAleese, is launching a new initiative to generate both ideas and a new national mood of optimism and self-confidence. This comes in the form of a competition called Your Country, Your Call, which will invite submissions from people in Ireland and overseas for game changing ideas that have the potential to create economic activity and prosperity in this country. The two winning entries will receive prizes of €100,000 each, but other entries may also receive support for their implementation by the appropriate state agencies.

The whole project is the brainchild of Dr Martin McAleese, and his energy and enthusiasm ensured that it would become reality. it has gathered a number of supporters who contributed solely on a pro bono basis. I was very privileged to be a member of the steering committee that developed the idea and guided it to its launch today. Other DCU staff, and DCU students, were also involved. It will receive a lot of publicity over the days and weeks ahead.

Further details can be seen on its website.