Dr. Mary Robinson Awarded Alexander Dubcek Gold Medal at Trinity College

Posted on: 26 May 2005

The former Irish President and Chancellor of the University of Dublin, Trinity College, Dr. Mary Robinson was awarded the Alexander Dubcek Foundation Gold Medal at Trinity College today (Wednesday 25 May). The medal is presented in recognition of those who have helped to build and develop democracy and humanity in the world. Past recipients of the medal, named after Alexander Dubcek, the Slovak politician who, throughout the 1960s, became a symbol for both the Slovak and Czech people’s struggle against the communist regime’s totalitarian rule, include Mr. Hans Fischer, president of Austria, Mr. Romano Prodi, former president of the European Commission and Mr. Hans-Dietrich Genscher, former Foreign Minister of Germany. The presentation of the medal to Dr. Robinson was made by the late Alexander Dubcek’s son, Dr. Pavol Dubcek. Alexander Dubcek was conferred with an Honorary Law Degree in Trinity College in 1991. In conjunction with the Dubcek Foundation Gold Medal presentation, an exhibition of photographs of Alexander Dubcek’s life was also officially opened by the Slovak Ambassador, His Excellency Ján Gábor. The exhibition will remain at Trinity College’s Ussher Library until the end of June 2005.