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Ulster University awards former US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi with honorary doctorate

Speaker Emerita Dr Nancy Pelosi receives an honorary doctorate from Ulster University's Chancellor Dr Colin Davidson while Chairman Richard Neal looks on, at a ceremony in Washington DC.
Allan Preston

ULSTER University has awarded an honorary doctorate to Nancy Pelosi, the former Speaker of the US House of Representatives.

As part of a programme of events to mark the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, Ms Pelosi received the honour in Washington on Thursday.

The university has said Ms Pelosi, who now holds the title of Speaker Emerita, was being acknowledged for "the remarkable contribution" she had made to her country "through the promotion of human rights and protection of people, and her unwavering support for peace making."

During her time as speaker, Ms Pelosi's office was famously broken into by protestors during the Capitol Riots in January 2021.

In May last year, she had been outspoken over tensions surrounding the Northern Ireland Protocol and warned the United States would not support any bilateral trade deal with the UK if the Good Friday Agreement was undermined.

In a high profile incident last year, Ms Pelosi's husband Paul Pelosi (82) also suffered a fractured skull after he was attacked with a hammer in their San Francisco home.

The doctorate from Ulster University comes after it was confirmed that US President Joe Biden will travel to Northern Ireland and the Republic next month.