Seamus Mallon given freedom of Drogheda

Former Deputy First Minister Seamus Mallon. Picture by Hugh Russell

FORMER deputy first minister Seamus Mallon will today receive the Freedom of Drogheda.

Mayor Pio Smith will confer the honour on Mr Mallon, who also served as an MP and deputy leader of the SDLP from 1979 to 2001.

Sinn Féin on Louth County Council had attempted to block the proposal, saying it was wrong to elevate one person who was involved in the peace process above all the others who were also important to ensuring a lasting peace in Ireland.

The move however was backed by all other parties.

Tonight, Mr Smith will present Mr Mallon with a framed Freedom of Drogheda citation and will sign the freedom book. He will also be presented with a gift of a hand carved Brown Bull of Cooley.

Mr Mallon is the 34th recipient and follows President Michael D Higgins; former President Mary Robinson, SDLP leader John Hume and Pope John Paul II.

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