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UCD gives Chomsky top honour

VETERAN US political activist and intellectual Noam Chomsky has received another accolade.

Prof Chomsky, who came to prominence in the 1950s as a pioneering figure in linguistics, was awarded the Ulysses medal – the highest honour UCD can bestow.

The medal, awarded to individuals whose work has made an outstanding global contribution, was presented by UCD president Dr Hugh Brady at a ceremony in the university where he addressed an audience of over 1,000 students yesterday.

Ahead of a major lecture in Dublin today, Prof Chomsky warned that the European Union's response to the economic crisis has left European democracy in a worse condition than that of the United States.

He is delivering the inaugural Frontline Defenders' Annual Lecture at the RDS, which is being held in partnership with UCD School of Philosophy and TCD.

Irish Independent