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COMMENT Park House, 191 - 197 North Circular Road, Dublin 7 Tel: 01 868 8600, Fax 01 868 8626, Bob award stunt lacks credibility.

BOB Geldof has every right to be offended that he shares the same honour as Aung San Suu Kyi.

The shocking events in Myanmar are nothing short of genocide and those responsible are guilty of crimes against humanity.

But it is unlikely that Geldof handing back the Freedom of Dublin scroll will make any difference to the persecuted Rohingya Muslims or those who persecute them.

A more meaningful gesture might have been to return the honour over the way his home city has treated its homeless.

There is no way the plight of the thousands of children living in emergency shelter can be compared with the fate of Myanmar kids.

But their situation could be addressed almost immediately if Leo Varadkar made it a priority.

Had Geldof came back to his home city and burned his scroll outside City Hall the plight of the homeless could have become a pressing priority for the PR-obsessed Taoiseach.

Unfortunately the world is a dreadful place with innocent people being slaughtered and starved in Africa, Asia and South America.

The conflict and famine in Yemen has largely gone unnoticed by the international community and has also gone under Geldof 's radar. While he is right to highlight the plight of persecuted peoples it is sometimes harder to address problems that would involve a little more than empty gestures.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 14, 2017
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