Malta’s third cardinal, Mario Grech has been invested as a Companion in the National Order of Merit. This investiture was carried out by the President of the Republic Dr George Vella on the commemoration of the 46th anniversary of Republic Day. The ceremony was held at the Palace in Valletta.
Other nominations on the Presdent’s Honours List include Prof Charmaine Gauci, Suerintendent of Public Health, epidemiologist Dr Chris Barbara, AFM commander Brigadier Jeffrey Curmi and virologist Dr Charles Mallia Azzopardi.
Services to the Republic were recognised to composer Paul Abela, lingwist Dr Charles Briffa, actor Tony Cassar Darien, consultant Dr Stephen Montfort, trade unionist James Peasall and Gozitan prelate Mgr Joseph Vella Gauci.
Recognition was also given to ethicist Mgr Emanuel Agius, actor Rebecca Cremona, environmentalist Prof Alan Deidun, former football coach Ray Farrugia, film director Elio Lombardi and the band ‘The Tramps’