MLA now a MASTER
By Alana Fearon, North Belfast News, 22 December 2007
a very tough but rewarding two years with his head back in the books,
North Belfast MLA, Alban Maginness has graduated from Queens’
University with a Masters in Human Rights Law.
the SDLP representative has no immediate plans for further study,
he hopes his achievement will send out a clear message that “you’re
never too old to study” and encourage more adults back into
may seem only natural for a solicitor to further his studies in
law but it is his political career, not his legal practice, which
Alban hopes to further with his most recent academic success.
a member of the Forum for the Northern Ireland Bill of Rights and
SDLP spokesperson for justice, Alban says his Masters will make
him feel more competent in the political arena.
politicians we do a lot of talking about life-long learning, but
we are slow to put that into practice”, he said.
won’t deny that my two years study was very tough but having
finished I feel an enormous sense of achievement and am confident
all I have learned will be of great value to my political career.”
is important for everyone to continually expand their mind and develop
their knowledge but I just don’t feel this can be done through
independent reading. You need the discipline of a structured course
and I would encourage any adult who feels the urge to get straight
back into books.”