Rosie Hackett among the names put forward in the quest to find name for new Liffey bridge

Friday 22 March 2013 16.34
The three most recent bridges across the Liffey were named after men
The three most recent bridges across the Liffey were named after men

Former trade unionist and Irish Citizen Army member Rosie Hackett is one of the early favourites in a quest to find a name for Dublin's latest bridge over the Liffey.

The Marlborough Street bridge is due to open in the autumn for buses and eventually provide a link up for the Luas lines.

A commemorative naming committee of Dublin City Council has published a newspaper advertisement inviting submissions from members of the public on a name for the bridge.

Ms Hackett was involved in the 1913 lockout, as well as the 1916 Rising.

She has recently been the subject of a Facebook campaign and had one submission with 550 email petitions before the ad was published.

This has risen to 1,635 since.

However, former camogie player Kay Mills, who holds the record of 15 All-Ireland medals, had the highest number of individual submissions at 32.

Former Nobel Laureate scientist Ernest Walton had two submissions, including a petition of 2,843.

Chairman of the commemorative committee Labour Cllr Dermot Lacey said there was an argument for naming the bridge after a woman.

The three most recent bridges were named after Samuel Beckett, Seán O'Casey and James Joyce.

Only two of the 23 bridges over the Liffey have female names - Sarah's Bridge at Islandbridge and Anna Livia Bridge at Lucan.

Cllr Lacey also said there is an argument that the centenary of the lockout should be commemorated.

He said the committee wanted to name it after someone who had been deceased for at least 20 years.

He hopes to have a recommendation ready for a vote of city councillors by July.

Other names being proposed include James Connolly, Bram Stoker, WB Yeats and the Abbey Bridge, as the structure will be facing the front of the new Abbey Theatre.

Members of the public have until 19 April to make a submission.

They can do so by writing to Cllr Dermot Lacey c/o Culture, Recreation and Amenity Department, Civic Offices, Dublin 8 or email cra@dublincity.ie.

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