Two Derry people get secret honours

Two people in Derry have secretly accepted honours from the British Queen in the last five years.

Recipients of honours, such as knighthoods, OBEs and MBEs, are announced in the Honours List, published twice a year, but individuals may request that their name be kept off the list.

Information released to the ‘Journal’ under the Freedom of Information Act shows that two people in the Foyle constituency area have received honours in the past five years and have asked that their name is not made public.

A total of 26 people across the North received honours over the same period and also requested that the award remained secret. That covers ten honours rounds - New Year and Birthday honours.

The identities of the recipients is not known, nor is the classification of honour they received.

The information was released by civil service authorities at Stormont Castle.

In the past police and military personnel serving in the North who received civilian awards have had their names kept off the lists for security reasons.

The honours list consists of knights and dames, appointments to the Order of the British Empire and gallantry awards to members of the armed forces, and civilians.

The official list of honours recipients is published twice a year in the official organ of the Crown, the London Gazette, at New Year and in mid-June, the date of the Queen’s official birthday.