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Admittance Day 2022

19 May 2022

Today the Royal Irish Academy celebrates Admittance Day when 24 of our 29 newly elected Members were officially admitted to the Academy for their exceptional contributions to the sciences, humanities and social sciences, as well as to public service.

Newly elected Members include Hannah McGee, deputy-chair of the National Research Ethics Committee for Covid-19; psychologist Orla Muldoon, a regular op-ed contributor to The Irish Times; historian and pre-eminent authority on Catholic renewal Tadhg Ó hAnnracháin; Siobhán Mullally, UN Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons; Virginia Teehan, Chief Executive of the Heritage Council; Marie Donnelly, Chair of the Climate Change Advisory Council; and Linda Doyle, 45th Provost of Trinity College Dublin.

Dr Mary Canning, President of the Royal Irish Academy, said: ‘We are immensely proud of these 29 new Members who we are recognising today for their scholarly achievements, their research and international distinction or for significant contributions to Irish society. As new Members of the Academy, they will contribute to and strengthen our capacity to provide expert advice on Higher Education and Research policy.’

The 29 new Members of the Royal Irish Academy are:

Geraldine Boylan (University College Cork); Katherine Browne (University College Dublin); Mary Cannon (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, University of Medicine and Health Sciences); Karen Corrigan (Newcastle University); Mary Cosgrove (Trinity College Dublin); Rónadh Cox* (Williams College); Marie Donnelly* (Climate Change Advisory Council); Gary Donohoe (NUI Galway); Fiona Doohan (University College Dublin); Linda Doyle* (Trinity College Dublin); Mary Doyle (Trinity Long Room Hub); Gladys Ganiel (Queen's University Belfast); Andreas Hess (University College Dublin); David Jones (Queen's University Belfast); Patricia Kearney (University College Cork); Mairead Kiely (University College Cork); JoAnne Mancini (Maynooth University); Hannah McGee (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, University of Medicine and Health Sciences); Niamh Moloney* (London School of Economics); Orla Muldoon (University of Limerick); Siobhán Mullally (NUI Galway); Tadhg Ó hAnnracháin (University College Dublin); James P O'Gara* (NUI Galway); Stefan Oscarson (University College Dublin); Ann Rigney (Utrecht University); Jane Roberts (University of London); David Stifter (Maynooth University); Virginia Teehan (Heritage Council of Ireland); Patrick Wyse Jackson (Trinity College Dublin) * Cannot attend today’s ceremony

There are 656 Members of the Royal Irish Academy including: Nobel Laureates William C. Campbell and John O'Keefe; Louise Richardson, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford; Frances Ruane, economist; Philip Lane, European Central Bank; Fabiola Gianotti, Director General CERN; Brigid Laffan, Irish political scientist and Director of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies; and Geraldine Byrne-Nason, Irelands Permanent Representative to the UN.

The Academy has been honouring Ireland’s leading contributors to the world of learning since its establishment in 1785 and those elected by their peers are entitled to use the designation ‘MRIA’ after their name. Full citations are available in the Admittance Day booklet below


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