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Republican leader honour proposal
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The James Connolly march is an annual event in Edinburgh
Proposals for a path through The Meadows in Edinburgh to be named after a controversial Irish Republican leader have been lodged with planners.

The James Connolly Society wants one of the unnamed walkways in the city beauty spot to be named after the Edinburgh-born political figure.

Connolly was executed for his part in the Easter Rising against British rule in 1916.

The society hopes a decision will be made by the end of the year.

Jim Slaven, spokesman for the James Connolly Society in Edinburgh, said: "There are several paths in The Meadows which have no name. We want to keep the memory of James Connolly alive in the city of his birth with a fitting tribute to him.

"I do recognise that any political figure is contentious and causes some controversy but most people recognise that we are moving out of conflict in Ireland.

"We are at an historic point in the Irish peace process and a tribute such as this would give a good signal to new immigrants coming to Edinburgh.

"We want an inclusive society and we are optimistic that these plans will be welcomed."

A city council spokeswoman said the plans had been lodged.


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