The US House of Representatives has passed a bill to name a park in Washington DC after Robert Emmet.

The park is located in the embassy district of the city, on Massachusetts Ave at 24th Street, and has featured a statue of Irish nationalist Robert Emmet for the last 50 years.

Late yesterday the bill, known as the Robert Emmet Park Act of 2016 was passed by the House of Representatives and will now move to the Senate for further confirmation.

It was sponsored by Irish-American congressman Joe Crowley, a Democrat from New York.

The statue itself was a gift to the United States from the Irish-American community and its original dedication took place in 1916 and was attended by then President Woodrow Wilson.

It was moved to its current location to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1916 Rising in 1966.

It was reconditioned early this year and re-dedicated to mark the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Rising, and the 100th anniversary of the US National Parks Service.

Robert Emmet ceremony