The Irish Naval Service have been awarded with the Honorary Freedom of Entry by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council in a special ceremony at the Harbour Plaza this afternoon.
The crew of the LÉ Eithne accepted the honour on behalf of the Irish Naval Service. The award was presented to the ship’s Captain by Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Cathaoirleach, Cllr Cormac Devlin. Mary Kennedy from RTÉ was the Master of Ceremonies for the event.
The honour was awarded in recognition of the Irish Naval Services humanitarian missions on behalf of the people of Ireland and the European Union. The award is also to acknowledge the duties undertaken by officers and crew of the Irish Naval Service as part of Operation Pontus – the international effort to aid migrants in the Mediterranean.
Award of Honourary Freedom of Entry given to the Irish Naval service by Cathaoirleach @CormacDevlin #LEEithne #freedomofentry pic.twitter.com/kCkpw6DjYY
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Members of the public and school children gathered to mark this special occasion. They were treated to a military parade featuring the Army Number 1 Band leading the Colour Party and the crew of the LÉ Eithne.