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Enda Kenny to receive honorary doctorate from Boston College today

On the third day of a trip to Boston, the Taoiseach will also attend a trade breakfast promoting Ireland as an investment location.

The Taoiseach will give the commencement address to Boston College graduates after receiving an honorary doctorate of his own.
The Taoiseach will give the commencement address to Boston College graduates after receiving an honorary doctorate of his own.
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ENDA KENNY is to receive an honorary doctorate later today.

The Taoiseach will be conferred with the doctorate by Boston College.

Kenny will also deliver the commencement address to 3,000 students graduating from the college this semester.

The event, being held at the college’s football stadium, will be attended by over 20,000 people, and marks the college’s 150th anniversary.

Commencement addresses are usually attended by the Archbishop of Boston, in keeping with the college’s Catholic roots, but Cardinal Sean O’Malley is boycotting the event.

O’Malley has said Catholic institutions such as Boston College should desist from offering honorary qualifications to politicians who promote abortion, and is avoiding the event in protest at the moves by Kenny’s government to legislate for abortion in limited circumstances.

The speech will mark the last major event of Kenny’s three-day visit to Boston.

Before the event the Taoiseach will attend a business breakfast organised by IDA Ireland and Enterprise Ireland, hoping to promote Ireland as an investment location for US multinationals.

Yesterday Kenny visited the scene of last month’s Boston Marathon bombings, laying a wreath to the victims at a temporary memorial in Copley Square.

On Saturday he attended a function at the John F Kennedy Library to mark the 50th anniversary of the late president’s visit to Ireland.

Read: Boston cardinal says he will boycott event because Enda Kenny is going

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