FROM lobbyist to doctor – Frank Dunlop was yesterday conferred with a PhD from Trinity College.
The star witness of the Mahon Tribunal was awarded the distinguished honour four years after being convicted for corruption charges.
He grabbed the public spotlight after detailing a massive web of corruption throughout planning and political circles while appearing as a witness at the Mahon Tribunal.
Mr Dunlop named more than 25 politicians who he had made payments to in the 1990s while serving as a lobbyist for developers.
The former government press secretary wore a gold and red academic robe as he was conferred with the PhD in a ceremony yesterday. His thesis for the academic award was on euthanasia and the law.
In 2009, Mr Dunlop pleaded guilty to five charges of corruption. The 66-year-old was sentenced to two years in prison, with the final six months suspended.