Irish-American businessman and singer receive honorary degrees from Magee

A leading Irish-American businessman has received an honorary degree from the University of Ulster this morning at the Millennium Forum in Derry for his services to peace and reconciliation.

Bill Flynn, the former chairman of Mutual of America, was previously awarded a CBE in recognition for his work in the Northern Ireland peace process.

Mr Flynn was one of several Irish-Americans who were pivotal in persuading the US authorites to grant a visa to Gerry Adams in 1994 which is seen as a key stage in the peace process.

Gary Lightbody, the lead singer of Snow Patrol also receieved an Honoury Degree today for services to the music industry.