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Respected: Tony Holohan will receive freedom of Dublin. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Respected: Tony Holohan will receive freedom of Dublin. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Respected: Tony Holohan will receive freedom of Dublin. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Chief medical officer Tony Holohan is to be given the freedom of Dublin city.

Lord Mayor of Dublin Hazel Chu nominated Mr Holohan for the honour at a Dublin City Council meeting and received the backing of her fellow councillors.

Mr Holohan will join sporting figures such as former Dublin manager Jim Gavin, rugby international Brian O'Driscoll and former Ireland football manager Jack Charlton in receiving the honour.

The freedom of the city has also been granted to U2, John F Kennedy, Charles Stewart Parnell and Mikhail Gorbachev.

Last week, Mr Holohan announced he was stepping down from his role at the Department of Health to spend time with his wife Emer, who has advanced cancer and is receiving palliative care.

Irish Independent