IT was a source of pride to members of Limerick Civic Trust that city councillors discussed bestowing the freedom of Limerick posthumously on the organisation’s founding director in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Limerick during his lifetime.
The late Denis Leonard was greatly admired for the vision he showed while overseeing some of the most significant restoration projects in the city, and the esteem in which he is still held, was exemplified by discussions held at City Hall to make a once-off exception to grant the honour to him posthumously.
The Limerick Leader understands that a majority of councillors were in favour of bestowing the Limerick man with the freedom of the city posthumously but legal issues precluded the council from departing from standing orders. The matter was discussed at a protocol meeting held behind closed doors at City Hall on Monday evening. It is understood councillors now favour naming a building or a street after Mr Leonard instead.
Chairperson of Limerick Civic Trust, Jennifer Gabbett, said she was pleased that Mr Leonard was considered for the freedom of Limerick.
“We are delighted that it was discussed,” she told the Limerick Leader, “and if they wish to do something to honour him because of all the good work that he has done, then we would be delighted.