Rosie Hackett has been chosen as the name for Dublin's newest bridge but who was this woman?

Dublin city councillors have chosen the name Rosie Hackett for the bridge that will span the Liffey between Marlborough Street and Hawkins Street to carry the Luas Cross City Line.

It is the first time a Liffey bridge is named after a woman, and the trade union activist Rosie Hackett was selected from a shortlist of five names which also included Kay Mills, who played camogie for Dublin, Willie Bermingham, founder of ALONE, Frank Duff, founder of the Legion of Mary and Bram Stoker, creator of ‘Dracula’.

Rosie Hacket’s nephew John Gray believes his aunt would have been embarrassed to receive such an honour, but would have taken pride from it too.

Rosie Hacket was a trade union activist in the 1913 Lockout and also involved in the 1916 Rising. John Gray describes her as,

An extraordinary, ordinary woman.

During the 1913 Lockout Rosie Hackett was credited with bringing more than 3,000 women employed in the Jacobs Factory on strike. As a result they received better working conditions and an increase in pay. 

Throughout her life Rosie Hackett remained active in the trade union movement and helped to form the Irish Women Workers' Union.

While John Gray and his family are very proud the bridge is named after Rosie, he is quick to say the honour is not about them.

This is about Rosie, what she did, what she stood for and women like her at that time, and even today.

John Gray praises the efforts of the number of young women who took part in the campaign to have the bridge named after his aunt. He believes Rosie Hackett's work made it possible for women today to be involved in public life and achieve high profile positions.

Rosie Hackett died in 1976 but John knows

If she was still with us she’d be back out fighting again to try and rectify this country.

A ‘Morning Ireland’ report broadcast on 3 September 2013. The reporter is Gavin Jennings.