City freedom for Hospice boss

Dr. Tom McGinley.
Dr. Tom McGinley.

Foyle Hospice founder Dr Tom McGinley is in line to receive the Freedom of Derry.

The move is being spearheaded by the SDLP grouping on Derry City Council.

Group leader Gerard Diver has tabled a resolution calling on the local authority to confer the civic tribute on the Hospice founder.

Speaking in advance of tabling the resolution, the former Mayor said: “The name Dr Tom McGinley is synonymous with all that is good in our city and district.

“The dedication and service of Dr Tom and his colleagues at Foyle Hospice over many years has brought so much comfort to those suffering from incurable disease and serious illness, as well as their families.

“It is right and fitting that our Mayor Martin Reilly and the Council should honour one of our most hard working and esteemed citizens who has dedicated his life to the service of others.

“I have no doubt that it will be supported unanimously across the Council.”

It’s believed the resolution will come before Councillors next month when they reconvene after their summer break.

The idea for a hospice began back in 1984 when New York born and Donegal raised Dr McGinley, a practicing GP in Derry, was treating an 18 year-old boy with terminal cancer.

Set in picturesque surroundings on the city’s Culmore Road, the Hospice has provided free care for countless patients since it opened back in 1991.

The Hospice plays a key role in the city’s health infrastructure and has helped countless families at a time when they need it most.

Dr. McGinley was awarded a papal knighthood by Pope John Paul II more than ten years ago.