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Proposal to give healthcare staff fighting Covid-19 Freedom of the Borough

Craigavon Civic Centre

There have been calls for Council to bestow healthcare staff fighting Covid-19 with the Freedom of the Borough.

The Freedom of the Borough is the highest honour a Council can award and the tradition is maintained as a means whereby public recognition may be given to the recipients as an expression of the highest esteem in which they are held by the Council and people of the Borough.

The DUP will table the proposal for all members of Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council to consider.

In a joint statement, the DUP Group, said: “The coronavirus has had a huge affect on the Borough and our thoughts are firstly with those who have suffered bereavement due to Covid-19 and we also send our best wishes to those currently in hospital fighting this virus.

“Given the seismic contribution made by those working in our hospitals and care facilities in standing on the frontline in the fight against Covid-19, we feel it is important that this very brave and courageous contribution is recognised by our Council when the time is right to do so.

“We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to health care workers across the Borough and we salute them all as they continue this vital life saving work.

“God willing, when the public health environment allows, this Council can mark this contribution in a befitting manner that reflects the Borough’s gratitude.”

Legendary football manager Ronnie McFall and former Irish rugby captain Rory Best have both been awarded the Freedom of the Borough in recent years.

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