Mary Robinson presented Outstanding Contribution to Ireland Award by Kofi Annan
Posted in Connect on December 22, 2015.
Former President and UN Special Envoy for Climate Change Mary Robinson received the Outstanding Contribution to Ireland Award at this year’s Business and Finance Awards.
She was presented the award by fellow Elder’s member and former UN Secretary General and High Commissioner for Refugees, Kofi Annan.
Other recipients of the award include renowned business people such as Martin Naughton, Dermot Desmond, and Arthur Ryan, as well as one of the leading figures in the Irish horse racing world, JP McManus.
Mrs. Robinson, who also served as United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, said that she was “humbled” to receive the award and was deeply honoured because there were so many people who had fought for human rights.
In his introduction to the award the President and Editor of Business and Finance Mr. Ian Hyland described Mary Robinson as “a woman who has lit a torch of vision, equality and justice”. Mr. Annan expressed similar sentiments in describing her progression from a social activist and lawyer to President and her international roles with the UN, fighting for justice and equality.
Established in 1974, throughout its 41-year history, the Business and Finance Awards programme has recognised some of Ireland’s most significant business success stories and has become the longest running and most coveted business awards programme in Ireland.
This accolade follows the announcement of additional funding for the Mary Robinson Centre, the first Presidential Library and Archive in Ireland, The Centre will be located in her former family home the 19th-century Victoria House, along the river Moy, Ballina, and will include a museum, presidential archive, research facility and events venue. It is believed the centre will be completed in 2017 with construction work and archiving due to commence.
The centre is already enjoying success having hosted the Second Annual International Human Rights Lecture which was attended by 900 people and delivered by Mary Robinson’s fellow member of the prestigious and influential Elder group, humanitarian Graça Machel.