Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council will be awarding the Irish Naval Service with the Honorary Freedom of Entry to the county in a ceremony this Friday 31st March.
The Naval Service vessel LÉ Eithne will be visiting the harbour on Friday to accept the award. The ceremony will take place at the Harbour Plaza at 1pm.
An Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Cllr. Cormac Devlin, said, “The Irish Defence Forces have a proud record of international humanitarian service on behalf of the EU and UN. Defence Forces ships, working with the Italian navy as part of Operation Pontus, have rescued over 15,000 would-be migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean sea.”
“The civic honour of Freedom of Entry is the highest compliment a municipality can pay a naval group. It is therefore very fitting that dlr would recognise and publicly acknowledge the heroic duties undertaken by officers and crew of the Irish naval service”, concluded Cllr Devlin.