The Freedom of Limerick is to be awarded to Vicky Phelan, after a decision at a special meeting of Limerick City and County Council.

There was unanimous agreement to the nomination which was made by Mayor Daniel Butler.

"Vicky is an inspiration. She has faced and continues to face her health challenges head-on, with a drive and determination that has garnered the respect and admiration of all," Cllr Butler said.

The Freedom of Limerick is the highest honour that can be bestowed upon an individual by Limerick City and County Council.

"The honour is reserved for those who have made exceptional or unique contributions to the common good or to persons who have made outstanding contributions to the life of Limerick," the Council said.

Ms Phelan is honoured for her work in "uncovering the Cervical Check scandal and her tireless support of other women who have been affected and are fighting for justice".

Mr Butler said this work "encapsulates the ideals of the Freedom of Limerick".

Ms Phelan said she was "absolutely honoured and delighted" to accept the Freedom of Limerick.

"I am a very proud blow-in from Kilkenny who has made her home in Limerick. I have always felt welcomed and accepted in Limerick, even before I became this public figure so I would be absolutely thrilled to accept the offer," she said.

She added it was also an honour considering only four other women have received the Freedom of Limerick: Ishbel Maria Hamilton-Gordon, Countess of Aberdeen, Maud Gonne, Kathleen Clarke, and Trudy Hunt.

The ceremony will take place in the New Year.