“The man who saved Ireland’s reputation”
An outspoken anti-racism campaigner who was once called “the first Irish-American president” has been honoured with a statue.
Sophie O’Reilly, the first woman to hold the position of mayor of Cork, received the Irish Times Award in recognition of her efforts in fostering the community’s racial diversity.
She was the first person of colour to be elected to office in the county and was also one of the first to publicly challenge the racist views of the late President Dermot O’Leary in the 1980s.
Sofie O Reilly (centre) was elected as mayor of her hometown of Cork in the city’s local elections in 1983.
The award is presented by the Cork City Council.
Her husband, Peter O’Donovan, was also a member of the Cork Irish Republican Army.
She was also the first African-American woman elected to Cork city council in the 20th century.
In 2011, she was appointed the first Cork resident to the city council.
Soraya Bhatti was elected in 2016 to a second term as mayor.
She is also the chair of the LGBT and LGBT+ Equality Network.
She said she was honoured to receive the award from the Cork County Council.
The Cork County Board of Social Services said it was a huge honour to recognise Soraya Bhati.
It said it would work with the mayor’s office to develop plans to raise awareness and awareness around issues of inclusion.
“We would like to acknowledge Sophie O’ Reilly for her many achievements and achievements in promoting a more diverse Cork society.”
Sophia was instrumental in helping to create Cork as a more inclusive city.
“I am particularly proud of her work in promoting the rights of transgender people in Cork.”
She was instrumental to ensuring that Cork has a strong LGBT+ presence and an inclusive Cork city.
“She said Ms Reilly’s achievements in fostering diversity were a testament to Cork as the city that is a beacon of hope for people of colour, LGBTIQ people and those of other backgrounds.