Friday 19 October 2018

Hume 'deserves something bigger than a street name' - councillors

Instrumental in peace process in the North: John Hume
Instrumental in peace process in the North: John Hume

Ryan Nugent

A motion to rename a city street in honour of John Hume will go before Dublin's full city council - but a number of councillors have expressed their concerns at the proposal.

The motion - put forward by councillor Mannix Flynn at the South East Area meeting - received a backlash from a number of councillors at the meeting, who felt there should be a better way to honour Mr Hume.

Derry politician Mr Hume played a vital role in the Northern Ireland peace process.

Mr Flynn had hoped to rename Hume Street on Dublin's southside, 'John Hume Street'.

The street is currently named after the family of surgeon Sir Gustavus Hume.

Speaking to the Irish Independent, Mr Flynn said he had received the blessing of Mr Hume's wife Pat on the matter.

"He is deeply honoured and we all appreciate your thoughtfulness," Ms Hume said in a letter.

However, a number of local representatives for the South East Area said that while they are in favour of honouring Mr Hume, renaming a street would not be appropriate.

Green Party councillor Claire Byrne said "he deserves something bigger than just a simple street name change".

While Labour councillor Dermot Lacey called for something more "substantial and meaningful". He hoped this will kick-start a move for something different.

Irish Independent

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