The British award to Flynn further begs the question why Ireland does not have a similar type honor to award to worthy achievers. The French have their Legion D'Honneur, the Americans the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Vatican has its papal honors and the British have their knighthoods but Ireland, despite the fact that there is a huge global Irish community, does not have any system of awards. It is probably past time that the government considered that fact. There is no question that such awards would be greatly appreciated by Irish American leaders such as Flynn and Don Keough, who did so much for Ireland in business, as well. It is also a unique opportunity to boost Ireland's image abroad. Recently the French gave their medal to film director Sidney Lumet. Present on the occasion were Sean Connery and Liam Neeson, to name just two stars. The American Presidential Medal of Freedom seems the way to go for an Irish model. The Irish president could award such medals on a yearly basis to outstanding citizens and non-citizens in appreciation of what they have achieved for Ireland. Making it the president's prerogative removes it from the immediate political environment. It is sad to see Bill Flynn, an Irishman to the core, receive an honor from the British when a counterpart is so richly deserved from the Irish side as well.

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