Health campaigner becomes the fifth woman recipient of the honour.
The Freedom of Limerick ceremony for Vicky Phelan will be streamed online on Limerick.ie on Thursday 03 February 2022 from 6.30pm. The ceremony which has been condensed as it was arranged when Covid-19 restrictions were in effect and the Council felt it appropriate to maintain these arrangements for the event.
The Freedom of Limerick is the highest honour that can be bestowed upon an individual by Limerick City and 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 the life of Limerick.
Vicky is being honoured for her work in uncovering the Cervical Check scandal and her tireless advocacy and support of other women who have been affected and are fighting for justice, as well as advocating for the rights of terminally ill people to end their suffering.
Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Cllr Daniel Butler said: “Vicky Phelan is an inspiration to all of us. She is a tireless fighter for women who have been effected by the Cervical Check scandal, and her work encapsulates the Freedom of Limerick, and how women should be treated.
“Her work has transformed the lives and saved the lives of Irish woman and helped us talk of end of life in an important way, in turn helping to make Ireland a richer and more equal society.
“Despite her own health, she continues to face her challenges head on with a drive and determination, that has won the love, admiration and respect of the people of Limerick, Ireland and the world.”