The Freedom of the City was conferred on Dr. Tom McGinley of the Foyle Hospice, at a private ceremony in the Guildhall last night.
Mayor, Cllr Martin Reilly who officiated at the ceremony, which was attended by Dr. McGinley’s family, said he felt very privileged to confer the special honour on Dr McGinley and formally acknowledge the significant role he has played to benefit the people of the city and wider North West region.
Paying tribute to Dr McGinley, Mayor Reilly said: “Dr Tom McGinley has over the years made a huge contribution to the lives of many people in this city across the wider North West area. The establishment of the Foyle Hospice and his contribution to patients with cancer and other illnesses and their families has been phenomenal and I think it is a fitting tribute to him that he has been honoured in this way. I would like to extend my congratulations to him on behalf of the people of the city.”
Following a Special Council meeting last September, members of Derry City Council unanimously agreed to confer the special honour on Dr. McGinley. Last time the honour was awarded was when Nobel Laureate John Hume was given the Freedom of the City in 2000.