Kellie Harrington set to receive Freedom of Dublin City
Olympic boxer Kellie Harrington has been nominated for the Freedom of Dublin City award.
Lord Mayor Alison Gilliland named the Portland Row power station during Monday evening’s plenary meeting of Dublin councilors.
LGBT activist Ailbhe Smyth and Professor Mary Aiken were also announced as nominees for the award.
If the nominations are ratified by the advisors, which they almost always are, they will join the ranks of other high profile recipients such as Bono, Jim Gavin, Dr. Tony Holohan and Brian O’Driscoll.
Only four other women have been granted Dublin freedom so far and Lord Mayor Gilliland has said she wants her tenure to reflect the contribution of women in Dublin.
The Labor adviser has previously criticized the lack of female representation in politics in Ireland.
The Lord Mayor said: “I am honored and privileged to nominate these three women for Dublin City’s highest honour, the Dublin City Honorary Freedom.
“They have made a significant contribution to our city and indeed to our country. I have nominated Ailbhe Smyth for her work in human rights, social justice and academia, Professor Mary Aiken for her work in the fields of cyberpsychology, online safety and security, and Kellie Harrington for her tireless work in the community, her caring example and role model for young people and for her athletic achievements.
She added: “They are three inspiring women and I am delighted to be able to recognize their achievements and contribution to Irish public life.”
The award ceremony will take place in the Round Room of the Mansion House on June 11.
The award recognizes a contribution made by an individual to the life of Dublin.
Recipients of this award may be referred to as ‘Freeman’ or ‘Freewoman’ of Dublin and they are also free citizens of our city.
The ancient duties of a freeman or freewoman include being prepared to defend the city from attack and joining the city militia at short notice.
Among the ancient privileges accorded to a free man or free woman is the right to bring goods into Dublin through the city gates, without paying duty; the right to graze sheep on common land within the city limits; and the right to vote in municipal and legislative elections.
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