Sile de Valera now a Harvard scholar
FORMER government minister Sile de Valera will leave for the United States this weekend to take up a coveted position at Harvard University.
Since her retirement from active politics, Sile de Valera has been pursuing a Masters in Women's Studies at UCD.
Late last year, however, the Institute of Politics at Harvard University invited Ms de Valera to become Research Fellow for the spring semester of 2008.
This is a singular honour as only 12 people from an international panel are chosen each year, and few Irish have been bestowed with this honour.
At Harvard, Ms de Valera will arrange a programme and deliver workshops and seminars dealing with European integration and EU/US relations.