Nurses are given the freedom of Belfast
Belfast councillors have united to give nursing professionals the freedom of the city.
At a special meeting last night they also agreed to designate an annual Nurses' Day to thank those working in the job for their care and professionalism.
Sinn Fein councillor Jim McVeigh proposed the motion "to honour the contribution of our nurses to the lives of the citizens of Belfast".
"Over many decades our nurses have served the citizens of Belfast without fear or favour," he said.
"During the most difficult days of our conflict, our nurses cared for every citizen, regardless of circumstances or of religious or political belief."
He added he hoped Nurses' Day would become an opportunity for every citizen to thank these "exceptional individuals".
The honour is expected to be conferred with a formal ceremony at a date yet to be announced.
Recent recipients of the freedom of the city include Van Morrison and Dame Mary Peters.