Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan has received the Freedom of the City of Dublin on behalf of the healthcare workers of Ireland for their incredible work during the pandemic.
This comes as the Lord Mayor of Dublin Hazel Chu proposed that Holohan be awarded the honour last July which was later met with agreeance by councillors who voted in for the CMO to be awarded the honour.
Holohan officially accepted the award while meeting with Chu at the Mansion House in Dublin on Wednesday to sign the Roll of Honorary Freedom and accept the Freedom of the city of Dublin.
The Lord Mayor of Dublin posted on Twitter, “At last July’s council meeting all councillors collectively agreed to award the CMO and all health care workers the Freedom of the City for their efforts” while stating that the award was received on behalf of all healthcare workers for their trojan work during the pandemic.
She added that the Freedom of the City would typically be a public occasion but current restrictions have prevented that.
The majority of the people who receive this honour have made a contribution to the life of the city of Dublin or to Ireland which includes politicians, public servants, humanitarians, artists and entertainers.
Holohan was questioned by the Oireachtas Transport Committee on the subject of antigen testing and if they can be used for international travel to which the CMO stated will be considered in some scenarios but should not be used as of yet.
In terms of testing, he added that the PCR test remains the “gold standard diagnostic test” for Covid-19 while adding, “As the evidence evolves – and assuming that this evidence is in support of the use of rapid antigen testing, we are more than willing to support its further use where appropriate evaluation indicates that it can bring added benefit in the pandemic response.”