Monday 23 October 2017

'Brennan St' vote on the cards

By David Tucker

the borough district council is pressing ahead with plans for a plebiscite on the proposed renaming of Upper George Street to Brennan Street, to honour one of the Wexford-based leaders of the 1916 Rising.

The decision to canvass public opinion follows a submission by Cllr Tony Dempsey to rename the street after one-time journalist and revolutionary Robert Brennan, who took part in the Rising and went on to become ambassador to the United States.

A list of electors who qualify to take part in the plebscite is available for inspection at the borough council offices in Spawell Road, although the final date for any written submissions regarding it is 12 noon tomorrow (Wednesday, December 9).

Cllr Dempsey believes that renaming Upper George's Street after Brennan is the most appropiate way to honour him, however, local opinion is divided, and there is something of a groundswell against the move, the third time there has been a plan to change the name of the street.

One local man, Kevin Kevin Byrne wrote to all the town's councillors saying that any street named after Brennan does not does not necessarily have to be the precise street where he was born and reared and plans to rename Upper George Street after Brennan are 'ridiculous'.

'I don't think it's the right way to honour Robert Brennan, there are much better ways of honouring him than naming a street after him,' said Kevin, 'this seems to have been a very ill thought way of doing it.' One idea was a plaque at the library with Brennan memorabilia being available to view there.

'The majority of people are just asking why?' said Kevin. No date has been set for the vote.

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