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Decision on naming Dublin street after John Hume to go to vote

John Hume. Picture by Niall Carson/PA Wire.

A PROPOSAL to name a Georgian street in Dublin after former SDLP leader John Hume will go a vote after being discussed yesterday by a committee of the city's council.

Mr Hume (80) 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 firm is based to‘John Hume Street'.

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

However the matter was raised at the Commemoration Naming Committee yesterday who said that it would be passed on for a list of "qualified electors" to decide.

" Following the approval of the City Council to the holding of a plebiscite, a draft list of qualified electors is prepared and notice of its preparation and availability for inspection is advertised in the public press with the list passed to the council for adoption," the council said.

Following adoption (of the list) a ballot will take take. It is not yet known what the timeframe for the process will be.

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