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Nurses awarded Freedom of Belfast at City Hall ceremony

Published 25/05/2016

Lord Mayor Arder Carson pictured with Belfast Nurses at the Freedom of the City ceremony held in Belfast City Hall on Wednesday night. Pictured left to right are: Shereena Donnley, Janet Taylor, Lord Mayor Arder Carson, Bernie McCrea, Joleen McKee, Emmeline Jude Kinglsey-Grace, Kathleen Robb, Fiona Devlin and Catherine Heart and Rosario Abello with framed scrolls marking the Freedom of the City being granted to Belfast nurses. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Lord Mayor Arder Carson pictured with Belfast Nurses at the Freedom of the City ceremony held in Belfast City Hall on Wednesday night. Pictured left to right are: Shereena Donnley, Janet Taylor, Lord Mayor Arder Carson, Bernie McCrea, Joleen McKee, Emmeline Jude Kinglsey-Grace, Kathleen Robb, Fiona Devlin and Catherine Heart and Rosario Abello with framed scrolls marking the Freedom of the City being granted to Belfast nurses. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Belfast has conferred the Freedom of the City award on nurses at a gala event at City Hall to honour the healthcare heroes.

The award was presented to the Royal College of Nursing on behalf of all nurses who work in the city during a civic ceremony in the council chamber.

Lord Mayor Arder Carson signs the Honorary Burgess Book at the Freedom of the City of Belfast ceremony in Belfast City Hall. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Lord Mayor Arder Carson signs the Honorary Burgess Book at the Freedom of the City of Belfast ceremony in Belfast City Hall. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Lord Mayor Arder Carson pictured with Belfast Nurses at the Freedom of the City ceremony held in Belfast City Hall tonight (Wed 25 May)
He is pictured with Nurses Kathleen Robb (centre) and Fiona Devlin with framed scrolls marking the Freedom of the City being granted to Belfast nurses
Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Lord Mayor Arder Carson pictured with Belfast Nurses at the Freedom of the City ceremony held in Belfast City Hall tonight (Wed 25 May) He is pictured with Nurses Kathleen Robb (centre) and Fiona Devlin with framed scrolls marking the Freedom of the City being granted to Belfast nurses Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Lord Mayor Arder Carson presented the RCN with a silver casket containing a scroll.

It is the highest honour a city can confer and nurses will now be in the company of previous recipients who include musician Van Morrison, Olympic athlete Dame Mary Peters and former Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill.

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Janice Smyth, director of the Royal College of Nursing, signed the Honorary Burgess Book with the Lord Mayor .

Ms Smyth said: "We recognise this is the greatest honour the council can bestow on its people. We are in the company of acclaimed poets, singer/songwriters, and Olympians.

"We are very grateful such an honour has been bestowed on nurses and we are truly humbled."

The motion was jointly proposed by Sinn Fein councilor Jim McVeigh and alliance councillor Michael Long at a meeting of the city council last December and was voted for unanimously.

Kathleen Robb, Joleen McKee, Catherine Heart, Emmeline Jude Kinglsey-Grace, Bernie McCrea, Janet Taylor, Shereena Donnley and Rosario Abello Äì pictured with Lord Mayor Arder Carson who presented them with framed scrolls marking the Freedom of the City being granted to Belfast nurses. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Kathleen Robb, Joleen McKee, Catherine Heart, Emmeline Jude Kinglsey-Grace, Bernie McCrea, Janet Taylor, Shereena Donnley and Rosario Abello Äì pictured with Lord Mayor Arder Carson who presented them with framed scrolls marking the Freedom of the City being granted to Belfast nurses. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

It read: "Over many decades our nurses have served the citizens of Belfast without fear or favour.

"During the most difficult days of the Troubles, our nurses cared for every citizen regardless of circumstances, of religious or political belief."






 

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