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John Hume deserves Dublin street honour

The proposal that a street in Dublin city centre should be named after the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate John Hume has considerable merit and deserves to be taken seriously by the authorities.

What is particularly appealing is that the thoroughfare in question, close to St Stephen's Green, is already called Hume Street, after an 18th century surgeon, so only a minor change of title would be required.

The former SDLP leader is widely regarded as the main architect of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement and is also the recipient of both the Gandhi and Martin Luther King peace awards as well as being voted by RTE viewers as Ireland's greatest person seven years ago.

It would be entirely fitting if Mr Hume, now aged 80 and in declining health, joined such figures as O'Connell and Parnell in having a street in our capital city officially named in his honour.

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