- Associated Press - Thursday, September 24, 2015

HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) - The prime minister of Ireland has received an honorary degree from Quinnipiac (KWIHN’-ih-pee-ak) University in Connecticut.

The school is home to Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum, which houses a large collection of art, artifacts and printed materials related to the Irish Famine.

Prime Minister Enda Kenny says in his remarks Thursday that the museum is a symbol of hope at a time when millions of people around the world today are being forced to leave their homes. He says he accepted the degree of humane letters on behalf of the millions who lost their lives in the famine.

University President John Lahey says Kenny has guided Ireland through difficult times and has been a passionate defender of the rights of others in Ireland, Africa and the European Union.

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