Limavady Council grants Freedom of the Borough for St Vincent de Paul and The Salvation Army

SDLP Colr. Michael Coyle
SDLP Colr. Michael Coyle

Limavady Council has for the first and last time granted the freedom of the borough to two local charities in honour of their ‘outstanding work’.

The historic move was unanimously agreed at a meeting of councillors on Tuesday, just two months before Limavady Council winds up.

The organisations will be presented with the joint honour, the highest a Council can award, at a special ceremony in the Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre in March. The motion was brought by SDLP Colr. Michael Coyle.

“Both organisations work at ground level helping those who have problems whether those problems are financial or otherwise,” Colr. Coyle said. “They also work with the various statutory sometimes lobbing and sometimes working on behalf of those people who have approached them for help. It is also important to note that both organisations work and co-operate with each other.

“I have availed for their assistance on behalf of constituents, as I’m sure that most elected members have. I have always found a listening ear and had many a practical solution proffered by both these organisations.”

Sinn Fein Colr. Anne Brolly praised the “spirit of volunteerism” of both organisations. TUV Colr. Boyd Douglas said he had no trouble supporting the motion. UUP Colr. Jack Rankin said they were deserving of the honour. DUP Colr. Alan Robinson said the motion had his party’s support as well.

Both charities previously told the ‘Journal’ they were delighted to receive such an honour.

Back in 2008, a motion by Colr. Coyle to grant the freedom of the borough to clerics Rev. David Armstrong and Fr Kevin Mullan failed after unionists wouldn’t support it.