Councillor wants Irish captain to be afforded freedom of Donegal

Donegal County Council are being asked to afford the freedom of the county to Republic of Ireland captain Seamus Coleman.

Ballyshannon based Fine Gael councillor Barry O’Neill raised the motion at a meeting of the Donegal Municipal District this week.

The Killybegs native was named captain of the Irish national team during the European Championships last Summer and has kept the armband ever since.

If the Everton player receives a civic reception and freedom of the county he would be following in the footsteps of fellow international stars Packie Bonner and Shay Given in receiving the honour.

2012 All-Ireland winning manager Jim McGuinness and 1992 All-Ireland winner Anthony Molloy have also received the honour in recent years.

Councillor O’Neill’s motion was passed by the Municipal District councillors and will now be put to the entire county council.

The Leas Cathaoirleach says he expects the motion to be passed without problem by all councillors.