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President praises LSE catering staff

Photograph of Joe BorgCatering staff in the Directors Dining Room (DDR) received well deserved praise recently after Mary McAleese, president of Ireland, congratulated them for their excellent service.

The president, who was visiting LSE to give a public lecture, was so happy with the service she received during the post-lecture dinner, that her husband, Dr Martin McAleese, found and collected senior staff dining room manager, Joe Borg (pictured), so that the guests could thank him personally for the excellent service. Witnesses say that the sound of the dinner guests chanting Joe's name made both the Irish and British security staff jump from their seats!

Joe Borg said: 'It is nice to get praised, especially by some one in that position. We do these functions day in day out and all the staff do their best in order to give an excellent service to all.'

Photograph of Mary McAleeseDuring her visit to LSE last week (Wednesday 19 November), Mary McAleese (pictured) gave a public lecture entitled 'Ireland and Britain - old narratives and new|.' Following the lecture, the president and her guests were treated to a reception and dinner in the DDR.

The guests dined on a starter of leek and roquefort tart with salad leaves and walnut dressing, followed by mediterranean fillet of cod with a sun dried tomato and tarragon crust on braised fennel, and a desert of lemon crème bruleè with raspberries.

Joining the president and her husband were guests including Peter Sutherland, chair of the LSE court of govenors; Sarah Worthington, LSE pro-director; Dr William Kissane and Professor James Hughes, LSE Government Department; Professor Damian Chalmers, head of the European Institute at LSE; and Professor Conor Gearty, director for the Centre for the Study of Human Rights at LSE.

'The service was quite usual by LSE standards, in other words obviously exceptional, and the president with her usual insight saw this and was kind enough to mention it,' said dinner guest Professor Conor Gearty.

After hearing about the president's praises for the excellent service the catering team had provided, Adrian Hall, secretary and director of administration, said: 'I am delighted that Joe and the catering team have enhanced the LSE's reputation in this way - they know that we are all ambassadors for the School.'


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27 November 2008