A Government scholarship to promote conflict resolution has been renamed in honour of the Irish-American United Nations worker who died in the Haiti earthquake, it was revealed today.
Andrew Grene died in the UN headquarters in Port au Prince where he was advising peacekeepers when the January 12 disaster struck. His body was recovered a week later.
Foreign Affairs Minister Micheál Martin said renaming the scheme was a fitting dedication.
“Andrew Grene was a true humanitarian, who lived his life helping people in the world’s poorest countries to emerge from conflict,” the minister said.
“As a life-long advocate of education for all, it is fitting that we dedicate an academic scholarship to his memory.
“I am proud to honour Andrew’s work in post-conflict situations across the globe, from Ethiopia to Timor-Leste.
“The Andrew Grene Conflict Resolution Scholarship Scheme will promote study into conflict resolution and will serve as a reminder of the sacrifices made by development workers in their tireless efforts to help others.”
Under the scheme, Foreign Affairs provides funding for a PhD study into conflict resolution.