Northern Ireland

SDLP call for Derry bridge to be named after John Hume

The 1000 tonne barge, the Forth Atlas, at the construction site as the first sections of the bridge are put in place
Image caption The SDLP want the bridge, which is currently under construction, to be named after John Hume

The SDLP leader Margaret Ritchie has called for Londonderry's new peace bridge to be named after her predecessor John Hume.

Mr Hume, the former SDLP leader and Foyle MP, was named the greatest Irish person in history in an RTE poll.

Ms Ritchie said the vote was the 'perfect mandate' to name the bridge after Mr Hume.

The Nobel Laureate beat a list of illustrious names to the title of 'Ireland Greatest' at the weekend.

"I believe the new bridge should be named after the one man who has done the most for his city and country, as voted by the people of Ireland.

"He was humbled by his recognition on Friday and would be humbled by the naming of the peace bridge after him. Knowing John he is probably a little embarrassed by it all. That, however, is no reason not to do it.

"What better metaphor than a bridge would encapsulate the message of hope and reconciliation espoused in John Hume's life work and vision for the future?" she asked.

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