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Tuesday 23 September 2014

Barroso's tribute to Irish 'sacrifices'

Published 06/03/2014 | 02:30

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Q EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso ignored anti-austerity protests to pay tribute to Ireland's economic sacrifices since 2008. Mr Barroso was in University College Cork (UCC) yesterday amid tight security to accept an honorary doctorate. He insisted the EU Commission had been one of Ireland's "best friends" throughout the crisis. "I admire and respect the courage and resilience of the Irish people. Families have made big sacrifices. But Ireland has shown it can be done," he said. UCC President Dr Michael Murphy, pictured right, said the doctorate was richly deserved by Mr Barroso given the manner in which the EU had helped transform the Irish university sector.

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