DIT awards three honorary degrees

Dublin 18th November, 2006: Economist, Dr Dónal De Buitléir; CEO of the National Development Finance Agency, Anne Counihan; and journalist and broadcaster, George Hook were today conferred with Honorary Doctorates from the Dublin Institute of Technology at a ceremony held in St. Patrick's Cathedral. They were conferred with their awards in front of hundreds of students and their families at the DIT Annual Faculty of Business Graduation. The three recipients were chosen by the DIT to receive an Honorary Doctorate for outstanding achievements in their respective fields.

From left to right: Anne Counihan, George Hook and Dr. Dónal De Buitléir.

Anne Counihan was selected by DIT to receive an Honorary Doctorate in recognition of her outstanding professional contribution as a lawyer and as an adviser to many high profile organisations. As CEO of the National Development Agency she is the dynamic leader of a high-level team of experienced analysts whose task is to evaluate all major infrastructural development projects and to advise on how they should be funded. She is also a member of the Board of the Irish Aviation Authority, a Director of the National Treasury Management Agency, and President of the Corporate and Public Services Solicitors Association.

Professor Brian Norton with Dr. Anne Counihan, CEO of the National Development Finance Agency.

Dr. Dónal de Buitléir was honoured by DIT for his contribution to the business world as both an economist and strategist. An economist and expert on taxation policy, his career has been equally divided between the public and private sector. Author of the Butler report on higher education, Dr. de Buitléir also participated in review bodies established to advise government on issues such as local government reform; development of enterprise strategy; and integration of tax and social welfare systems. Currently General Manager of the Office of the Chief Executive, AIB Group, he was formerly Assistant Secretary in the Revenue Commissioners, 1985-1989 and Secretary to the Commission on Taxation 1980-1985

Dr. Dónal de Buitléir pictured with his wife Martha and their children Donal and Ciara.

In selecting George Hook for an honorary doctorate President of DIT Professor Brian Norton highlighted his contribution to sport and his pioneering role as a public affairs broadcaster in commercial radio. According to Professor Norton, `George Hook has made and re-made his career and as a former student of DIT we wish to acknowledge him as a standard bearer for graduates starting out on their own careers.'

Dr. George Hook, well-known journalist, broadcaster and rugby pundit who was conferred with a Doctorate of Philosophy, honoris causa.

Previous recipients of Honorary Doctorates from Dublin Institute of Technology have included entrepreneur and philanthropist, Niall Mellon; Director General for Trade of the European Union, David O'Sullivan; BBC Africa correspondent, Orla Guerin; former manager of the Republic of Ireland soccer team, Brian Kerr; MIT Professor, Neville Hogan; actor, Pierce Brosnan; the Former Provost of Trinity College, Dr. Tom Mitchell; Former President of Ireland, Mary Robinson; sports star, Sonia O' Sullivan; composer, Bill Whelan; and journalist and broadcaster, Marian Finucane.

The orations delivered on all three recipients can be read by clicking on the following links:
Oration Anne Counihan
Oration Donal De Buitleir
Oration George Hook Oration George Hook

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