Wednesday, 25 February 2004
Dáil Eireann Debate
163. Mr. Morgan asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the full details of each occasion in the past ten years on which the Government has consented or objected to the receipt of titles of nobility or of honour by citizens of this State with reference to Article 40.2.2 of the 1937 Constitution; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6285/04]
Minister for Foreign Affairs (Mr. Cowen): The prior approval of the Government, as provided for in Article 40.2.2 of the Constitution of Ireland, has been required by an Irish citizen on two occasions in the past ten years and this approval was given.
This prior approval was given in December 2000 on the awarding of a knighthood to Dr. A.J.F. O’Reilly by the United Kingdom and in July 2001 for the awarding of the Darhaj Panglima Jasa Negara, PJN, Kerhormat, to Mr. John F. Coyne by Malaysia.
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