Council reveals Dublin bridge name shortlist

Thursday 13 June 2013 12.15
There were originally 85 official nominations for the bridge over the River Liffey at Marlborough Street
There were originally 85 official nominations for the bridge over the River Liffey at Marlborough Street

A new shortlist of ten names for Dublin's newest bridge has been agreed.

The ten names now remaining are James Connolly, Abbey Theatre Bridge, William Butler Yeats, Bram Stoker, Nobel winning scientist Ernest Walton, camogie player Kay Mills, Irish Citizen Army activist Rosie Hackett, Legion of Mary founder Frank Duff, founder of the Alone charity Willie Bermingham and scientist George Sigerson.

The seven names dropped were Tony Gregory, James Plunkett, Jonathan Swift, Lady Gregory, Oscar Wilde, Patriots Bridge and ‘Returned Home’ Bridge.

Chairman of the Commemorative Naming Committee, Councillor Dermot Lacey said the reasons for eliminating nominations included if the person had died relatively recently or if they already had a monument in their honour.

There were originally 85 official nominations for the bridge over the River Liffey at Marlborough Street.

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

A meeting to reduce the list to five names will be held next month and these names will be voted on by a full council meeting in September by a system of preferential voting.