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Tuesday 16 January 2018

Bob 'disgusted' over SF failure to restore his freedom of city

Bob Geldof
Bob Geldof

Rocker Bob Geldof is furious about how Sinn Fein dealt with his decision to hand back the honour of the freedom of Dublin.

Last month, Mr Geldof handed back his freedom scroll in protest at the inclusion of Burmese de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi on the honour list.

His action was to highlight the genocide against the country's Rohingya Muslim population, which Ms Suu Kyi, once thought to be an advocate for human rights, has done nothing to stop.

However at the time, he said the freedom of the city meant a lot to him and he hoped a way could be found to remove Ms Suu Kyi, so that he could remain on the list.

On Wednesday night, the council first voted to remove the Burmese leader from the list of people with freedom of the city - then voted to remove Mr Geldof from the list.

Councillor Mannix Flynn, who helped Mr Geldof with the process of returning the honour, said the Boomtown Rats singer was furious with how the Sinn Fein-dominated council had dealt with the matter.

Mr Flynn said Mr Geldof's was a principled stand and he wanted to retain the honour If Ms Suu Kyi was removed.

In a statement to RTE Radio One's Liveline yesterday, Mr Geldof said he was "absolutely disgusted" about what happened at the Dublin City Council meeting.

"He said he went through what he was told was the correct protocol, which was to contact city management," presenter Joe Duffy said.

Honoured

"He made it clear if Aung San Suu Kyi was removed from the freedom of Dublin list, he would be more than honoured to stay as a Freeman of Dublin.

"And he also said, and I'm getting garbled, but this is a Sinn Fein stitch-up and they have an agenda which was anti-Bob Geldof because of things he said about the 1916 Rising."

Lord Mayor of Dublin, Micheal Mac Donncha (SF), argued the council was following through with Mr Geldof's wishes.

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