Derry Girls creator Lisa McGee was “stunned, shocked and very honoured” after councilors voted unanimously to award her freedom of the city, making her the first woman to receive the honour.

DLP councilor Martin Reilly tabled the motion to bestow the city’s highest honor on Ms McGee in recognition of the ‘huge positive global impact’ her work in the arts has had on the city and the community. district.

Derry Girls has been the most-watched series in Northern Ireland since modern records began.

Mr Reilly said that “through his work, people have seen the warmth and charm of our city, the sense of friendship, the families coming together and facing adversity – all expressed through various strong female perspectives.

“Having Lisa be the first woman to be nominated for Freedom of the City in our city is truly a historic and special occasion,” he added.

Alliance adviser Rachael Ferguson said ‘everyone is a Derry girl now, whether they’re from Derry or not’. She added: “I think it’s a historic day, I think Lisa did a great thing. She showed, I know, something very similar to my story growing up here in the city.

“She showed a lot of our history, she allowed people to understand our humor. Our dark humor and us as people, how welcoming and funny we are.

“So we are more than happy to support this motion. And I hope she will be the first of many women to receive it over the next few years.

People Before Profit adviser Maeve O’Neill echoed those sentiments, saying it’s “wonderful” that Lisa McGee is the first woman to receive the award.

“She has done an amazing thing not just for Derry but for the women of Derry by telling our ordinary story in an extraordinary way and, as Rachael said, has given us a great deal of pride in who we are and where we are. where we come from.

“Lisa is one of many talented women coming to town and we are very proud of her for all she has done.”