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Former Attorney General given honour by Swedish royal family

Peter Sutherland was praised for providing a “strong impetus for an open society”.

FORMER ATTORNEY GENERAL of Ireland Peter Sutherland was today awarded one of the highest civilian honours in Sweden.

Sutherland, who is now the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for International Migration, was conferred the Order of the Polar Star by His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.

He was praised for his liberal stance on immigration and integration.

“Peter Sutherland has provided invaluable support to the Swedish Government in its work to create a constructive global dialogue on issues of migration and development.

“Peter Sutherland combines – in a unique way – political, economic, intellectual and commercial competence, creativity, and extensive experience.

In times when protectionist and xenophobic tendencies gain ground, Peter Sutherland has provided new and strong impetus for an open society in a globalised world.

Sutherland, who was Ireland’s youngest Attorney General, has served on boards of a number of Swedish companies that trade with Ireland, such as Volvo and Ericsson.

The award recognises Swedish and foreign “civic merits, for devotion to duty, for science, literary, learned and useful works and for new and beneficial institutions”.

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