The Honorary Freedom of South Dublin County is to be conferred on South Dublin Volunteer Centre in recognition of the outstanding work of their volunteers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Elected members of South Dublin County Council agreed to honour the group on the 19th of May with the Mayor of South Dublin County, Councillor Peter Kavanagh, announcing the news at an event in the Round Tower, Clondalkin to honour individuals and community groups through South Dublin County.
The Honorary Freedom of the County is the highest civic honour that can be bestowed upon an individual by South Dublin County Council. The honour is reserved for those who have made exceptional or unique contributions to the common good or to persons who have made outstanding contributions to South Dublin County.
The event in the Round Tower was organised by Mayor Kavanagh and South Dublin County Council to pay tribute to the spirit of volunteering in South Dublin County by recognising individuals or groups who have worked within their community during the pandemic. All elected members of the Council were invited to nominate a person, group or voluntary organisation to receive a token of recognition from the Mayor at the event.
The Mayor of South Dublin County, Councillor Peter Kavanagh, said at the event that, “I am very proud that my colleagues in South Dublin County Council have agreed unanimously to confer the freedom of the county on our community volunteers. Their service to the nation during the COVID-19 pandemic should be honoured, as should their response to the Ukrainian refugee crisis. When Ireland called, the South Dublin Community Volunteers answered, without hesitation, and I can think of no more fitting reward than the Freedom of South Dublin County.”