The new Liffey bridge in Dublin named after activist Rosie Hackett

Dublin, Ireland, 01-10-2013 — /EuropaWire/ — Dublin City Council has voted to name the new Liffey bridge after activist Rosie Hackett.

The local authority selected a shortlist of five names from 85 official nominations for the bridge over the River Liffey at Marlborough Street.

Camogie legend Kay Mills was runner-up in the vote, followed by Alone founder Willie Bermingham, Dracula creator Bram Stoker, and the founder of the Legion of Mary, Frank Duff.

10,000 supporting submissions were made to the council, including emails, direct correspondence and petitions.

Rosie Hackett was a messenger in Jacob’s biscuit factory and joined the Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union when it was founded in 1909. She encouraged women workers to join in the 1913 Lockout struggle and was dismissed from Jacob’s.

In 1970, Hackett received a gold medal in recognition of her 60 years’ service to the Irish trade union movement.

The three most recent bridges over the River Liffey were named after Samuel Beckett, Seán O’Casey and James Joyce.

Dublin City Council awarded the €6M contract to GRAHAM Construction in 2012. The Bridge will be a public transport, cycle and pedestrian bridge linking Marlborough Street and Eden Quay on the north side of the Liffey to Hawkins Street and Burgh Quay on the south side.

Click here to view the recent RTE coverage of the story.


The new Liffey bridge in Dublin named after activist Rosie Hackett


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