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Council 'avoiding issue' over Newry's John Mitchel street name and statue

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The statue of John Mitchel in Newry

The statue of John Mitchel in Newry

The statue of John Mitchel in Newry

A man who started a petition to rebrand a street in Newry named after an Irish nationalist who supported slavery has accused the city council of "kicking the can down the road" by trying to avoid the controversy.

A statue of John Mitchel in the border city, where a street is also named after the Young Ireland movement leader, has been at the centre of controversy since US anti-racism protests began to target statues of historical figures who backed slavery.

Demonstrators in Bristol pulled down a statue of a wealthy businessman who worked as a slave trader.