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Industrialist knighted in honours
Dr McClay funds university research and teaching
Dr McClay funds university research and teaching
A tugboat captain and one of NI's leading industrialists have received awards in the New Year Honours list.

Dr Allen McClay - founder of pharmaceutical company Galen - has been knighted. He funds university research and teaching in Northern Ireland.

George Doherty - a tug captain at Londonderry Port and Harbour Commissioners - has been made an MBE for services to the ports industry.

Over 29 years, he has berthed more than 1,600 ships at the port.

Leading business woman Rotha Johnston was made a CBE while Leslie Ross, formerly of Invest NI, was awarded the Order of the Bath CB.

Leslie Ross, formerly of Invest NI, was awarded the Order of the Bath CB
Leslie Ross, formerly of Invest NI, receives the Order of the Bath CB

Marion Jean Matchett, the chief inspector for the NI Education and Training Inspectorate, and William McKee, chief executive of the Royal Group of Hospitals were also appointed CBEs.

Robert Morrison, a senior lawyer who recently retired from the Director of Public Prosecution's office after 32 years, also became a CBE for services to the administration of justice.

OBEs appointed are Lady Christine Eames, wife of Church of Ireland primate Lord Eames, for services to the community, and former Presbyterian Moderator Ken Newell, 62, for services to improving cross-community relations in Northern Ireland.

John Canavan, formerly of the Child Support Agency, and Patrick Yu of the NI Council for Ethnic Minorities, also became CBEs.
Ken Newell's cross-community work was recognised
Ken Newell's cross-community work was recognised

Court crier Patrick Duffy, the Ulster-Scots Agency's George Holmes and Olivia Nash, who plays Ma in the BBC's Give My Head Peace, were appointed MBEs. Olivia was honoured for her services to drama and charity.

Two serving councillors and a former councillor became MBEs.

Banbridge DUP councillor Wilfred McFadden, DUP Mayor of Ballymena, Tommy Nicholl, and retired North Down Alliance Party councillor Susan O'Brien were honoured.

The first female superintendent in the RUC, who played a major part in the creation of the RUC George Cross Memorial Garden and in police welfare work, also was made an MBE.

Cathleen Carlisle from Comber in County Down retired in 1995 after 33 years service.
Patrick Yu will receive a CBE
Patrick Yu was appointed CBE

Mark Evans, director of analytical services for the PSNI, has been made an OBE for reviewing and streamlining systems and structures within the PSNI.

The Queen's Police Medal (QPM) was awarded to Detective Inspector Robert McKernan, Constable Paul Sterritt and Superintendent Gary Stewart.

PSNI chief inspector Genny Belton, an officer for 27 years, Sergeant Adrian Lindsay, who was in charge of beat patrolling in Newry, Constable Brian Hedley, an officer for 28 years, and Reserve Constable Billy McCahon - a part-time officer for more than 31 years - all became MBEs.

Pearl Hassard, president of the Girls' Brigade Northern Ireland, has been made an MBE for services to young people. She has been involved with the Trinity Girls' Brigade company in Bangor, County Down, for 41 years.

Olivia Nash of BBC's Give My Head Peace
Olivia Nash of BBC's Give My Head Peace became an MBE

Secretary of State Peter Hain congratulated those from Northern Ireland who were named in the honours list.

"These awards recognise the efforts of people from different backgrounds who work tirelessly in their communities to build a better future for everyone," he said.

"Amongst those receiving awards today are people who have given remarkable service in many fields, such as business, education, health, sport, policing, community, charity and voluntary work."

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