Cork city's Anglesea Street to be renamed

Cork city's Anglesea Street to be renamed
Anglesea Street, Cork. Picture Dan Linehan

One of Cork’s most central streets is set to be renamed with the help of the public.

Councillors are to move forward with the renaming of Anglesea St.

It is understood the same process will be put in place to the one used for the naming of the Mary Elmes bridge.

Sinn Féin councillors Henry Cremin and Kenneth Collins had previously brought forward proposals to rename the street after former lord mayor Terence MacSwiney to mark the centenary of his death.

Mr Cremin told yesterday’s meeting of Cork City Council that he still wants the street to be renamed as such.

However, City Hall will hold a public consultation process where a list of names would be narrowed down.

Independent councillor Kieran McCarthy said the public consultation was “very welcome”.

Fianna Fáil councillor Seán Martin disagreed, saying: “I don’t understand why we’re going down this route when there’s a set criteria already there.”

Generally, when streets or estates are renamed, a plebiscite takes place, which involves those living in the area voting on a particular proposal.

Cork City lord mayor and Fianna Fáil councillor John Sheehan, however, said that this process will have more public engagement and public involvement, while opening up conversations about the history of the area and its significance.

A plebiscite would not be appropriate in this situation as, according to the top table, there is only one resident living on the street.

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