A request to name Dublin's Spire in honour of Nelson Mandela has been rejected by a city council committee.

The commemorative naming committee considered the request made by a member of the public on the basis that the Spire is close to Dunnes Stores on Henry Street where the anti-apartheid boycott took place in the 1980s.

But the suggestion was turned down because it was a specific part of the original Spire project that it would not be named in someone's honour.

"It is not there to honour an individual, it is there to honour the city and project a symbol of the future of the city," said chairman of the committee Cllr Dermot Lacey.

It was also pointed out that the former South African president has not been dead for 20 years, which is a requirement for naming a monument.

The committee also has a policy of not renaming existing structures.

Cllr Lacey said the committee felt it would be appropriate to honour Nelson Mandela in some way and has referred the matter to the central area committee to see if an area around Henry Street could be dedicated in his honour.