Orwell Road identify change proposal known as ‘Orwellian’ as residents not consulted
Orwell Road resident Dr Ronan Collins has described a proposal to vary the identify of the street to Independent Ukraine Road as “kind of Orwellian” as residents had not been consulted upfront.
That was the behaviour of an authoritarian system, he instructed RTÉ radio’s Today with Claire Byrne present. The council had gone concerning the proposal in an “insulting way”.
The proposal to vary the identify of the street was unanimously handed by a sub-committee of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council earlier this week.
The movement was proposed by Labour councillor Peter O’Brien who mentioned he was impressed by the actions of nations akin to Lithuania and Latvia which had renamed the streets that their Russian embassies are on in solidarity with Ukraine.
It will now be put to public session with the residents having the ultimate say in deciding whether or not or not there shall be a reputation change.
Dr Collins mentioned he and the residents unanimously stood in solidarity with the individuals of Ukraine, however they felt the council ought to have spoken to the residents first earlier than proposing the identify change.
Orwell Road is an extended street from Rathgar to Churchtown with half of it within the Dublin City Council native authority, however the part which incorporates the Russian embassy is in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown.
A Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown county council spokeswoman mentioned it’s now taking a look at methods of consulting with residents and finishing up a plebiscite regionally.
There could also be benefit to the suggestion, mentioned Dr Collins, however the best way during which they’d gone about it was unlucky because it was “almost like public pressure” on the residents with the insinuation that if they didn’t agree then they didn’t stand with the individuals of Ukraine.
There have been practicalities to a reputation change, he mentioned.
Cllr Jim O’Leary defended the native authority saying that point had been of the essence. Somebody needed to take the initiative, however he agreed that the residents needs to be consulted and in the event that they thought the proposal was a foul concept they may oppose it. He acknowledged that they may come underneath group strain.
It was vital to ship a transparent message to the Russian State. The council needed to transfer rapidly, he added.
Dr Collins requested why the council had not handed a proposal calling for the expulsion of the Russian ambassador which he felt would have had extra affect than renaming the street.