Proposal to name Dublin street after John Hume

Proposal to name Dublin street after John Hume will come before the city council today. Picture by Niall Carson/PA Wire.

A PROPOSAL to name a Georgian street in the Irish capital after former SDLP leader and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate John Hume will be discussed at a meeting of Dublin City Council today.

Now 80 years-old Mr Hume is considered one of the main architects of the Northern Ireland peace process.

Businessman Robert Baker proposed the name change in a letter to the council.

Mr Baker has proposed changing the name of Dublin's 'Hume Street' where his business is based to 'John Hume Street'.

In his letter he wrote: "It’s an idea that’s been on my mind for a while, but I suppose now with the publicity around the movie being released about John Hume, it’s kind of spurred me on to actually take the action."

The Dublin city centre street, just off St Stephen's Green, was once residential but is now primarily a business district lined with Georgian properties.

It is believed Hume Street is named after Gustavus Hume who developed the street in the 18th century.

Mr Baker, CEO of Security and Networks, told the Belfast Telegraph if the proposal is approved it would merge the present with the past.

"I'm all in favour of preserving the past and I thought this was a good opportunity to both honour a great Irish man, as I see John Hume, and also to preserve the name of the street, which is Hume Street, named after Gustavus Hume, who developed the street in 1790," he said.

Current Dublin City Council regulations state that proposals to commemorate living people cannot be considered.

However, Independent councillor Mannix Flynn has said he will raise the matter at today's meeting of the Commemoration Naming Committee.

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