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Controversial: John Mitchel

Controversial: John Mitchel

Controversial: John Mitchel

A Northern Ireland council has been urged to change the name of a street which celebrates one of the leading lights of 19th century nationalism due to his support of the slave trade in 1800s America.

A man associated with the Young Ireland movement, a statue to John Mitchel stands proudly in the border city of Newry, where a city centre street is named after him.

Yesterday, demonstrators in Bristol toppled the statue of a wealthy businessman who worked as a slave trader.