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Monday, 31 December, 2001, 13:23 GMT
Police body chair gets Knighthood
The medals will be presented by the Queen
The last Northern Ireland Police Authority Chairman, Pat Armstrong, has been awarded a Knighthood in the New Year's Honours.

He is the only person to receive a Knighthood in Northern Ireland in the awards.

Mr Armstrong said the knighthood was a reflection of the hard work put in by the Police Authority in making policing more accountable.

"I think it has possibly been given in recognition of the major changes that have taken place in policing over the last three or four years," he said.

Sir Patrick Armstrong already held CBE

"The Patten Commission on policing in Northern Ireland made a big number of recommendations for change and the implementation of these recommendations has been going on for three last two to three years and is still continuing."

Sir Patrick, who is already a CBE, joined the Police Authority in 1991, became its vice-chairman in 1994 and chairman in 1997.

The body was replaced by the new Policing Board in November.

Northern Ireland Secretary John Reid said he gave "courageous leadership to the Police Authority during a particularly difficult time for all involved in policing in Northern Ireland".

"This award is a fitting recognition of Pat's contribution to helping see in the new beginning to policing in Northern Ireland and I warmly congratulate and thank him," said Dr Reid.

'Very high esteem'

Dr Reid also paid tribute to Jim McDonald, Chairman of the RUC George Cross Foundation, on becoming a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order.

The award, within the personal gift of the Queen, was for his services to the Prince's Trust.

He said the honour was a reflection of the "very high esteem" in which he was held for that work.

A nice way to complete a longish career in journalism

Mervyn Pauley

Retired political reporter Mervyn Pauley was awarded an OBE for his services to journalism.

Mr Pauley joined the Belfast based News Letter in 1963 and made his way through the ranks before retiring as the newspaper's political correspondent earlier this year.

He described the award as a "pleasant surprise" and "a nice way to complete a longish career in journalism".


Blind water skier Janet Gray was awarded an MBE for her services to the sport.

The 38-year-old sportswoman from Hillsborough, County Down, won three gold medals at the World Disabled Water-Skiing Championships in Australia in March.

She is a former winner of the Belfast Telegraph Disabled Sport's Personality of the Year Award.

The first holder of the Office of Joint Secretary of the North-South Ministerial Council has been awarded the CB.

Richard MacKenzie from Belfast got the award for public service, particularly his contribution to the development of the Town and Country Planning Service in Northern Ireland.

Among the CBEs is Professor Agnes Adgey who has been recognised for her services to cardiology. She is an expert in coronary care and holds personal chairs at Queen's University in Belfast and the University of Ulster.

Also with a CBE is William George Purdy from Donaghadee, who is Chief Scout of the United Kingdom Scout Association. He has been leading the UK's 650,000 since 1996.

William King, from Coleraine, County Londonderry, was awarded an MBE for services to ploughing.

BBC NI's Conor McAuley reports:
"People from all sections of society have been awarded a variety of honours"
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