Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan has accepted the Freedom of Dublin City during a private ceremony today.

Making the announcement, Lord Mayor Hazel Chu said current restrictions prevented a public ceremony being held to mark the occasion.

Dublin City councillors voted to propose the honour for Dr Holohan, on behalf of all health workers for their work during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The resolution was passed in July last year but the conferral was delayed both because of Covid-19 and because of the illness and subsequent death of Dr Holohan's wife Emer.

Lord Mayor Chu said he accepted the award today at the Mansion House where he signed the Roll of Honorary Freedom and was presented with a piece of specially-made sculpture by Stephanie Hess.

"He thanked the members of Dublin City Council for the award and for their recognition of the sterling work done this year by the Public Health Team." she said.

Councillor Chu said, as discussed with councillors, the ceremony was planned as a small gathering with just his family, the Chief Executive and the Mayor's office present.

"A Freedom of the City would usually be a public occasion but unfortunately current restrictions prevented that," she added.