Limerick City and County Council has unanimously agreed to award the Freedom of Limerick to An Uachtaráin, Michael D Higgins. The announce-ment was made last Friday by the Cathaoirleach of Limerick City and County Council, Cllr Kevin Sheahan, following a special meeting of the council.

The Freedom of Limerick will be conferred on President Higgins on Monday September 29th at a public event in the Milk Market. Further details on this event will be released shortly.

Cathaoirleach Kevin Shea-han said Limerick City and County Council was delighted to give the honour to President Higgins, who was born and spent his early years in Limerick.

The Freedom of Limerick is the highest honour that can be bestowed upon an individual by Limerick City and County Council.  

The honour is reserved for those who have made exceptional or unique con-tributions to the common good, or to persons who have made outstanding contributions to the busi-ness, commercial, educa-tional or cultural life of Limerick.

Previously, Limerick City Council used to bestow the title ‘Freedom of Limerick City’. The honour is now titled ‘The Freedom of Limerick’ since Limerick City Council and Limerick County Council merged to become one authority last June.

Previous recipients of the Freedom of Limerick City include Eamon De Valera, John F Kennedy, John Hunt, Dr Ed Walsh, Bill Clinton, JP McManus, Sir Terry Wogan and Bill Whelan.