The Ballina-born former President of Ireland and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson, has just been honoured with another accolade.
The Tipperary Peace Convention yesterday named Mrs Robinson – a native of Emmet St in Ballina – as the recipient of the 2018 Tipperary International Peace Award.
Founded in 1983, the convention is dedicated to promoting peace and co-operation on a national and international stage through music and discussion.
It has been administrating its prestigious peace prize awards since 1984 in order to honour people that have made a particularly noteworthy contribution to the peace-making process.
Past winners have included former US President Bill Clinton, former United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and former South African President, Nelson Mandela.
Mrs Robinson, who is the chairperson of the The Elders – an international, non-governmental organisations of independent global leaders working together for peace and human rights, was chosen as the latest recipient of the accolade in recognition of her work to ensure that human rights issues are a central tenet of global politics and governance.
The Tipperary Peace Convention’s honorary secretary, Mr Martin Quinn, said Mrs Robinson was being acknowledge for “putting human rights standards at the heart of global governance by ensuring that the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable are addressed on the global stage”.
Some weeks ago long-held plans to honour Mrs Robinson in Mayo by developing Ireland’s first Presidential Library at her former home in Ballina received a boost with confirmation that Mayo Co Council had reached agreement on the acquisition of that property for the project with development work expected to get underway in November.
Mrs Robinson will be presented with the Tipperary International Peace Award at a special ceremony in Tipperary on November 7 next.