Friday 23 June 2017

Nell hails 'free bus pass from Haughey' after picking up honorary doctorate

From left: businessman Kieran Calnan, RTÉ director general Dee Forbes and campaigner Nell McCafferty show off their honorary doctorates from UCC yesterday. Photo: Clare Keogh
From left: businessman Kieran Calnan, RTÉ director general Dee Forbes and campaigner Nell McCafferty show off their honorary doctorates from UCC yesterday. Photo: Clare Keogh
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

RTÉ director general Dee Forbes and campaigner Nell McCafferty were among a number of people awarded honorary doctorates at University College Cork (UCC) yesterday.

Cork native Ms Forbes, Ms McCafferty, marketing guru Regis McKenna and businessman Kieran Calnan all received awards from university president Dr Michael Murphy. Speaking after the ceremony, Ms McCafferty (72) mischievously hailed her honorary doctorate from UCC, 52 years after her Queen's University BA degree.

"God bless the British [State's] free education system and God bless Charlie Haughey for the free travel pass," she said.

Ms McCafferty said she was eagerly anticipating events over the next few months.

She will be keeping a close eye on the outcome of the US presidential election and Pope Francis's proposed visit to Ireland.

"I was there for the first visit by the Pope. The Pope is coming to Ireland again. He will be coming here when we will be in the middle of an abortion referendum. You couldn't make it up," she said.

Irish Independent

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