An Irish businesswoman awarded an OBE in Queen Elizabeth’s birthday honours list said it is a “credit to the woman who raised me”.
Emer Timmons was recognised for her work championing women’s rights in the workplace.
She is the first Irish woman to receive the honour in decades and was one of 261 people to be mentioned.
Ms Timmons previously held a number of senior positions at BT Group, Flutter Entertainment and recently founded her own company.
She has been described as a trailblazer for women in the tech industry.
Speaking to the Irish Independent, she said she is “extremely proud”.
“It was a very special moment to call my mother and family. This is for her, as my father died when I was 19, and she was amazing. She gave me the belief and support I needed.”
She received an official letter in the post a few weeks before it was announced and wasn’t allowed to tell a soul.
“I do not know who or how I was nominated. I was told it is a very closely guarded process to ensure it is merit- based,” Ms Timmons said.
“I haven’t been home to Ireland for many months due to Covid.
“I miss Ireland, my family, Irish humour and the beautiful countryside, but so many are in the same position. I look forward to getting home to celebrate properly. In the interim, I video call with family and listen to RTÉ and Joe Duffy when I can.”
Source: Irish News