Commemorative stone dedicated to Dr Noël Browne

by Rachel Cunningham
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Rachel Cunningham

The Mayor of South Dublin, Councillor Peter Kavanagh, unveiled a commemorative stone dedicated to the memory of former Health Minister Dr. Noël Browne and the women and men who fought to eradicate tuberculosis in Ireland outside Peamount Hospital, which was once a tuberculosis sanitorium.

“It is fitting,” said Mayor Kavanagh, “that we mark this occasion as we emerge from a national health emergency that forced the country to come together for the greater good. It calls to mind the tremendous effort Dr. Browne and his colleagues made in eradicating tuberculosis.”

Also speaking at the event were Councillor Kieran Mahon, Solidarity, who proposed the motion to honour Dr. Browne and James Dunne, the local resident who first approached Councillor Mahon, in addition to Dr Browne’s daughter, Ruth.

“It is also appropriate that this event should happen during Pride Month, as Dr. Browne was the first parliamentarian to call for the decriminalisation of homosexuality and was one of the few politicians to attend the opening of the Hirschfeld Centre in Dublin.

“In an era where being liberal was seen as dangerously radical, Noël Browne was a genuine progressive, and his legacy is a blueprint for Irish society to continue the work he started”, Mayor Kavanagh concluded.

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