Northern Ireland

Queen's Birthday Honours list: DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson given knighthood

DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson said he was "delighted and humbled" by the honour
Image caption DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson said he was "delighted and humbled" by the honour

Northern Ireland MP Jeffrey Donaldson has been given a knighthood.

The Democratic Unionist is among 101 people from Northern Ireland to be recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours list published on Friday night.

Mr Donaldson said he was "delighted and humbled" by the honour.

He said: "I am absolutely delighted to have received this honour and indeed humbled that I would be considered worthy."

Mr Donaldson was the youngest person to take a seat in the Stormont Assembly at the age of 22 - and he has been elected to Westminster five times.

Image caption Since 1997 Mr Donaldson has been elected to Westminster five times

"I see this honour, not just as a recognition of the work that I have done in over 30 years in active politics in Northern Ireland, but also a tribute to the people I represent and who have put their faith in me in a number of elections," said Mr Donaldson.

"So, I dedicate this honour to them and also to my family who have stood by me through some very challenging times and also to my party.

"When I was told about it, you could have knocked me down with a feather. It came as a huge surprise but a very welcome one."

Despite the new title, Mr Donaldson, a married father of two daughters, has insisted he will not change.

"I'll always be plain Jeffrey to my friends and to the people that I represent," he said.

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Image caption There are 101 people from Northern Ireland on the Queen's Birthday Honours list

Alongside Mr Donaldson is businesswoman Rotha Johnston, who has been made a Dame for services to the local economy, and for her role in promoting female entrepreneurship through her participation in the Northern Ireland Women's Network.

Ms Johnston is also currently pro-chancellor at Queen's University, chair of Northern Ireland Screen, a non-executive director of Northern Ireland Electricity and an independent board member of the Department of Justice and Belfast Harbour Commissioners.

Dr Malcolm McKibbin, the head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service, has been awarded a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB) for delivering major reform and for his part in negotiations which resulted in the Stormont House and Fresh Start Agreements.

The oldest recipient from Northern Ireland is 92-year-old Stanley McIlroy, who has been given an MBE for his tireless fundraising.

The pensioner from Belfast has raised more than £800,000 for Cancer Research UK and continues to bring in an average of £10,000 a year.

Image caption The oldest recipient from Northern Ireland is 92-year-old Stanley McIlroy

Mr McIlroy credits medical research scientists for saving the life of his father as far back as the 1960s.

"My father was diagnosed in 1967 and I was told he had six months to live," he said.

"My father died in 1979 - not from cancer but from a stroke. So it was through research, and research only I believe, that my father had an extra 12 years to live in this world."

At just 21 years old, plumbing apprentice Gary Doyle is the youngest person in the UK to receive an honour on this latest list.

In 2015, Mr Doyle, from Castlewellan in Co Down, won a gold medal for his plumbing and heating skills at the World Skills championships in Brazil.

Meanwhile, school lollipop lady Mary Stevenson has been given an MBE for services to education in north Belfast.

Ardoyne youth worker Owen Maguire is also among those to be given an MBE.

Married couple William and Elizabether McCay have each been awarded a BEM (British Empire Medal) for services to music and the community after they set up a series of summer music recitals in Belfast city centre church to showcase new young talent.

Three Queen's Police Medals and one Queen's Ambulance Service Medal have also been received.

Order of the British Empire

DBE

Ms Rotha Geraldine Diane Johnston, CBE. For services to the Northern Ireland Economy and public service. (Belfast)

CBE

Dr Thomas Norman Caven. Formerly Registrar General and chief executive Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency. For services to Civil Registration and Official Statistics.

Professor Usha Chakravarthy. Professor of Ophthalmology Belfast Health and Social Care Trust. For services to Ophthalmology in Northern Ireland and voluntary service to managing Eye Conditions. (Belfast)

James Henry Conn. Formerly Crown Solicitor. For services to Justice. (Belfast)

Dr Robson Sinclair Davison. Formerly Chair Governing Body, South Eastern Regional College. For services to Further Education. (Ballyclare, Antrim)

Harold Mark Ennis. Non-Executive chairman SSE Ireland. For services to the Economy and the community in Northern Ireland. (Holywood, Down)

Trevor Reaney. Clerk and chief executive Northern Ireland Assembly. For services to Democracy and the community in Northern Ireland. (Moira, Down)

OBE

Ms Erica Bamford. Director, Council for the Homeless Northern Ireland. For services to Tackling Homelessness in Northern Ireland. (Newtownards, Down)

Mrs Elizabeth Maria Bannon. Co-director, Maternity and Women's Health, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust. For services to Midwifery in Northern Ireland. (Belfast)

Gregory Patrick Butler. Regional managing director (South Eastern and Southern Regions) Education Authority. For services to Education. (Newtownabbey, Antrim)

Mrs Noreen Campbell. For services to the Development of Integrated Education in Northern Ireland. (Newtownabbey, Antrim)

Fergus Cooper. For services to Young People in Northern Ireland.

Elizabeth Gray Dickson. Formerly Principal, Friends School, Lisburn. For services to Education. (Belfast)

Miss Nicola Ann Dunn. Chair, Titanic Foundation Ltd. For services to Tourism in Northern Ireland. (London)

Ms Irene Margaret Knox. Chief executive, Northern Ireland Library Authority. For services to Public Libraries and the community in Northern Ireland. (Dromore, Down)

Richard Lemon. Policy Adviser, Northern Ireland Office. For services to the Northern Ireland Peace Process. (Bangor, Down)

Kevin Martin McCann. Director, Research and Development, Invest NI. For services to Economic Development in Northern Ireland. (Newtownabbey, Antrim)

Dr Hugh Connor Mulholland. Consultant Paediatric Cardiologist, Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children and lately Trustee, Heartbeat. For services to Healthcare in Northern Ireland. (Wallingford, Oxfordshire)

Miss Evelyn Ruth Smith, TD. For voluntary services to Healthcare and the community in Northern Ireland. (Belfast)

Member of the British Empire (MBE)

William James Bailie. Senior Professional Technical Officer (Deputy Principal), Northern Ireland Executive. For services to the Justice Department and Development of the Prison Estates. (Comber, County Down)

Mrs Elizabeth Ann Bell. Vice Chair, South Antrim Community Transport. For voluntary service to Community Transport. (Ballyclare, Antrim)

Mrs Elizabeth Browne. Formerly Paediatric Nurse, Ulster Hospital. For services to Healthcare. (Bangor, Down)

Stanley Coulter. For services to Amateur Football through Lisburn Rangers. (Lisburn)

Mrs Cynthia Cranston. Formerly head of Service, Southern Health and Social Care Trust. For services to Occupational Therapy in Northern Ireland. (Annalong, Down)

Mrs Marion Elizabeth Dallas. Chief executive, North West Healthcare Group. For services to Healthcare and Employment in the North West of Northern Ireland. (imavady, Antrim)

Gordon Mervyn Dunne. For services to Local Government and to the community in Northern Ireland. (Holywood, Down)

Dr Basil John Farnan. Forensic Medical Officer, Police Service of Northern Ireland. For services to Forensic Medicine and the community in Northern Ireland. (Hillsborough, Down)

Ronald Joseph Ferris. Plumbing Lecturer, Southern Regional College. For services to Skills Development and the community in County Down. (Newry, Down)

Mrs Carol Hazel Fitzsimons. Chief executive, Young Enterprise Northern Ireland. For services to Youth Entrepreneurship and Enterprise. (Bangor, Down)

Gerard Guckian, DL. Chair, Western Health and Social Care Trust. For services to Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland. (Londonderry)

Mrs Jackie Henry. Consulting Partner, Deloitte. For services to the Economy in Northern Ireland. (Belfast)

Mrs Margaret Ellen Hetherington. Volunteer, Military and Police Support. For services to Former Security Personnel and their Families in Northern Ireland. (Tyrone)

Thomas William Hogg. Mayor, Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council. For services to Local Government in Antrim. (Belfast)

Issam Abbas Horshi. Managing director, The White Horse Hotel. For services to the Tourism Industry in Northern Ireland. (Waterside, Londonderry)

Mrs Felicity Margaret Florence Humphreys. Principal, Moat Primary School, Lisnaskea. For services to Education. (Lisbellaw, Fermanagh)

Herbert Brian Hunter. For services to Music in Northern Ireland. (Belfast)

John Joseph Irvine. For voluntary service to Cancer Charities and the community in Northern Ireland. (Enniskillen, Fermanagh)

Mrs Jennifer Jenkins. Senior Executive Officer, Ballyclare High School, County Antrim. For services to Education. (Ballyclare, Antrim)

Ms Sarah Alexandra Kelso-Robb. Executive director, Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland. For services to volunteering and charitable organisations in Northern Ireland. (Newtownabbey, Antrim)

Henry William Robert Kohner. For services to People with Mental Health Issues in Northern Ireland.

Professor Christine Liddell. Professor of Psychology, Ulster University. For services to Tackling Fuel Poverty in Northern Ireland. (Ballymoney, Antrim)

Dr Charlotte Pamela Logue. Formerly General Practitioner and Specialist in Genito-urinary Medicine, Causeway Coast. For services to Medicine. (Portstewart, Londonderry)

Peter John Lunn. For services to Commerce Charity and Sport in Northern Ireland. (Belfast)

Mairtin Damien Mac Giolla Chomghaill. For services to the Arts in Northern Ireland. (Newcastle, Down)

Patrick MacKey. Senior Education Officer, Education Authority. For services to Education. (Londonderry)

Owen Ignatius Maguire. For voluntary service to Young People and the community in Ardoyne North Belfast. (Belfast)

Miss Kerrie Jessica McAllister. Policy Officer, Northern Ireland Office. For services to the Northern Ireland Political Process. (Bangor, Down)

Thomas David Stephen McClelland. Managing director, Schrader Electronics Ltd. For services to Economic Development in Northern Ireland.

Mrs Anne Majella McDowell. Principal, Galliagh Nursery School, Londonderry. For services to Education. (Londonderry)

Stanley Terence McIlroy. Fundraiser and Volunteer, Cancer Research UK. For charitable services. (Belfast)

Terence Rea McMaster. Principal, Drumahoe Primary School, Londonderry. For services to Education. (Garvagh, Londonderry)

Mrs Margaret Irene Moorehead. Assistant director for Allied Health Professions, South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust. For services to Healthcare. (Bangor, Down)

John Alexander Platt. Headteacher, Millburn Primary School, Coleraine. For services to Education in Northern Ireland.

Ms Sharon Polson. For services to Enterprise in Northern Ireland.

Alasdair John Robinson. Chief Superintendent, Police Service of Northern Ireland. For services to the Police and the community in Northern Ireland. (Belfast)

Kerry Anthony Rooney. For services to Older People and Drama in Northern Ireland. (Belfast)

Mrs Ann Scott. Formerly Nurse consultant, Mental Health Services for Older People, South Eastern Trust. For services to People with Dementia. (Carrickfergus, Antrim)

Richard Scott. Volunteer, Military and Police Support of West Tyrone. For services to Former Security Personnel and their Families in Northern Ireland. (Omagh, Tyrone)

John Vernon Smyth. For services to Sport in Northern Ireland. (Bangor, Down)

Miss Kousalyaa Somasundram. For services to Indian Dance Ethnic Art and the community in Northern Ireland. (Belfast)

Christopher Southworth. Policy Adviser, Northern Ireland Office. For services to the Northern Ireland Political Process. (London)

Frank Mervn Stewart. For voluntary service to the community and WaterAid in Northern Ireland. (Ballymoney, Antrim)

Wesley Alan Strong. Senior Lecturer, School of the Built Environment, Ulster University. For services to Higher Education and Sport in Northern Ireland.

John Declan Toner. For services to Hospitality and Tourism in Northern Ireland. (Newcastle, Down)

Miss Margaret Carlisle Torrens. For voluntary services to the community in Antrim Northern Ireland. (Muckamore, Antrim)

Mrs Anne Walsh. Director of Business Development, East Belfast Mission. For services to the Social Economy Sector in East Belfast. (Down)

Christopher William George Watson. For services to the Economy and the community in Northern Ireland. (Antrim)

Mrs Melanie Wiggins. Project Co-ordinator, Freedom Acts, Portadown and Co-founder, Craigavon ACT. For services to Tackling Human Trafficking. (Portadown, Armagh)

British Empire Medal (BEM)

Mrs Sarah Elizabeth Beck. For services to Nursing and voluntary service to Cancer Research UK in Banbridge, County Down. (Banbridge, Down)

Mrs Muriel Joyce Boyd. Volunteer, Carrickfergus Voluntary Welfare Group. For services to the Welfare of Ex-Police Officers and their Families in Carrickfergus, County Antrim. (Carrickfergus, Antrim)

Mrs Ellen Colgan. For voluntary service. (Dromara, Down)

Thomas Conlon. For services to the Environment and the Sport of Angling in Northern Ireland.

Michael Francis Dixon. For services to People with Learning Disabilities in Northern Ireland through Stepping Stones Northern Ireland. (Lisburn, Antrim)

Miss Eileen Drumm. For services to the Disabled Community in Enniskillen Fermanagh. (Enniskillen, Fermanagh)

James Donald Fry. For services to Amateur Football in Belfast. (Glengormley, Antrim)

Frederick David Hunter. For voluntary service to the community in Northern Ireland. (Belfast)

Desmond Jardin. Founder Member, Ulster Grand Prix Supporters Club. For services to Motorcycle Sport in Northern Ireland. (Lisburn, Antrim)

Thomas George Kirkham. Company Sergeant Major Instructor, D Company, 1st Northern Ireland Battalion. For services to the Army Cadet Force and to the community. (Lisburn, Antrim)

William George Lunn. For services to the community in Northern Ireland. (Newtownabbey, Antrim)

The Reverend David Ronald McBeth. Rector of Dungiven and Bovevagh Parish Churches. For services to charity and to the community in County Londonderry. (Londonderry)

Mrs Beth McCay. For services to Music and the community in Northern Ireland. (Belfast)

William McCay. For services to Music and the Community in Northern Ireland. (Belfast)

Miss Edith Victoria McConnell. For services to the community in Northern Ireland. (Lisburn, Antrim)

Ian David McCullagh. For services to Young People in Northern Ireland through the Boys Brigade. (Dromore, Down)

John Robert McCusker. For services to the Royal British Legion and the community in Co. Fermanagh. (Enniskillen, Fermanagh)

Alan McKelvey. For services to the community in Northern Ireland. (Belfast)

Mrs Elizabeth Beryl McKnight. For services to the community in Carrickfergus, County Antrim.

Mrs Yvonne Alison Mulholland. Treasurer, The Not Forgotten Association, Northern Ireland. For voluntary service to Veterans. (Newtownards)

James Thomas Nixon. For services to the Police and the community in Northern Ireland. (Enniskillen, Fermanagh)

William Gerard O'Donnell. For services to the community in Northern Ireland. (Eglinton, Londonderry)

Mrs Tracey Parker. For services to Cancer Sufferers and Terminally Ill Children in Northern Ireland. (Bangor, Down)

Mrs Karen Catherine Purdy. Community Development Officer, Bloomfield Community Association. For services to the Voluntary and Community Sectors in Northern Ireland. (Belfast)

Ms Emma Mary Regan. Regional Wheelchair Training Clinical Specialist. For services to the Provision of Wheelchair Services within Northern Ireland. (Dunmurry, Belfast)

Miss Margaret Joan Reid. For services to Young People through Scouting in County Tyrone.

William Alexander Sayers. For services to the community in Strabane Northern Ireland. (Strabane, Tyrone)

Mrs Betty Scott. For charitable services. (Holywood, Down)

Mrs Ailna Vanessa Smyth. Fundraiser, Cancer Research UK and the Coleraine Northern Ireland Hospice Support Group. For voluntary service to the community in Northern Ireland. (Portstewart, Londonderry)

Mrs Mary Stevenson. School Meals Supervisor, Ligoneil and Ballyduff Primary School. For services to Education in North Belfast. (Belfast)

Miss Mary Dorothea Stewart. For services to the community in Downpatrick. (Downpatrick, Down)

Mrs Elsie Vance. For services to Older People in Lisburn, County Antrim. (Lisburn, Antrim)

Queen's Police Medal (QPM)

Ms Barbara Ann Gray. Chief Superintendent, Police Service of Northern Ireland.

Hugh James Thompson Hume. Detective Chief Superintendent, Police Service of Northern Ireland.

Bernard Michael Oconnor. Temporary chief inspector, Police Service of Northern Ireland.

Queen's Ambulance Service Medal (QAM)

John Wright. Assistant director of Operations, Northern Ireland Ambulance Service HSC Trust.