No street named after Earl Russell: Britain's Famine Prime Minister, in Dundee.

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Mark Flynn, depute convener of Dundee City Council’s city development committee, has outlined plans to revive the name of Russell Street (after the 19th century Prime Minister Earl Russell) for a thoroughfare in the new housing development on the former site of Butterburn and Bucklemaker Courts at the top of the Hilltown.

Earl Russell is primarily remembered among historians for his callous policies of non-intervention during the Irish Famine of the 1840s, which were a prime contributor towards the death by starvation of at least 1 million people, and the permanent exile of many more.

This is an insult to the people of Dundee, many of whom are descended from those who sought refuge from the Famine in our city, particularly when nothing exists to commemorate the acute connection of many Dundonians to the Famine.

The City Development Committee will vote on this proposal on Monday 27th November: to stop this, it is vital that we make our opposition known.

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