Flynn Wins British Award

Irish American activist Bill Flynn, formerly chairman of Mutual of America, has been awarded an honorary Commander of the British Empire by the Queen in recognition of his exceptional contribution to peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland. Flynn played a key role in the Irish American involvement in the peace process. As chairman of the National Committee on American Foreign Policy he issued the invitation for Gerry Adams to speak to his organization that eventually led to the first U.S. visa for the Sinn Fein leader. Flynn also traveled on numerous occasions to Ireland, beginning with the lead up to the IRA ceasefire when he played a major role in bringing Sinn Fein and Loyalist leaders on board Flynn is the latest in a number of Irish American figures to be so honored by the British. The list includes Loretta Brennan Glucksman, head of the American Ireland Fund, Kingsley Aikins, worldwide chairman of the Ireland Fund and George Moore, head of Targus Information. Announcing the honor to Flynn, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Shaun Woodward said, "The last 10 years have seen remarkable change in Northern Ireland. "Bill's candid interventions and sustained involvement have helped achieve greater understanding between communities. Over the years his sound judgment has provided my predecessors and me with good counsel and frank assessments of what has needed to be done. "His enduring commitment and generosity to Northern Ireland have been instrumental. I congratulate him on receiving this richly deserved award." Flynn will receive his award from British Ambassador Sir Nigel Sheinwald at an investiture ceremony in Washington in the near future.

COMMENTS

Log in with your social accounts:

Or, log in with your IrishCentral account:

Forgot your password ?

Don't have an account yet? Register now !

Join IrishCentral with your social accounts:


Already have an account ?

Or, sign up for an IrishCentral account below:

By clicking above you are indicating that you have read & agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy.


Make sure we gathered the correct information from you

By clicking above you are indicating that you have read & agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy.


You already have an account on IrishCentral! Please confirm you're the owner.


Our new policy requires our users to save a first and last name. Please update your account: