John Moran is to receive the French Order of Merit
LIMERICK man John Moran is to receive one of the highest honours France can award, by decree of President Francois Hollande.
The Hunt Museum chair and former secretary general at the Department of Finance is to be awarded the French Order of Merit at a reception in Dublin this Thursday.
The Patrickswell native, who has a second home in France and is a board member of the European Investment Bank (EIB), is to be made a ‘Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Merit’, or ‘Knight’ of France’s second highest national order of merit.
It recognises his contribution to strengthening economic ties between France and Ireland as well as his personal involvement in promoting French cultural heritage, according to French ambassador to Ireland Jean-Pierre Thébault.
“Throughout his career, John has worked tirelessly to promote France-Ireland relations and more broadly, to bring European people closer.
“As a director of the EIB, he is contributing to the joint efforts to upscale investment across Europe and, thus, to build a stronger EU economy. This award also acknowledges his personal commitment to the conservation of the French architectural and historic heritage.”
Mr Moran is presently involved in the restoration of la Maison Carrie-Boyer, a 13th Century medieval home in Cordes-sur-Ciel in the South-West of France. The building is classified as a national monument.
He said of the award: “Since 2004, I have been delighted to describe France as a second home. During my time in the Department of Finance, France was a particularly good friend of Ireland during its recovery period.
”Retention of the European lifestyle which we enjoy today with its freedom of movement and opportunity, diversity of peoples and culture, cannot be taken for granted and we must all work to defend it.
“France may soon become our nearest neighbour and closest trading partner in the EU. I have therefore been delighted to be able to play my part in strengthening the ties and developing further cultural and economic ties between our two nations.
"I want to thank the French government for acknowledging this work and bestowing on me such an honour.”
Mr Moran is CEO and founder of RHH International - a consulting and social entrepreneur company.
As a social entrepreneur he also supports a number of not-for-profit organisations drawn from interconnected spheres including education and empathy, regional and urban development.
He has helped establish and serves as chair of Narrative 4 Europe, based in Limerick and is also an active member of the Limerick Economic Forum.