The Government has officially dropped plans to name the new national children's hospital 'Phoenix'.

The decision was revealed in a letter from Minister for Health Simon Harris to Dublin City Council.

It follows a campaign by one councillor to name it after Dr Kathleen Lynn, a 1916 activist and founder of St Ultan's Children's Hospital.

The name 'Phoenix' was chosen after more than 300 suggestions were received during a consultation process.

However, it ran into difficulties with the threat of legal action from a similarly named hospital in the US state of Arizona.

In the letter, Mr Harris said he had decided not to use the name 'Phoenix' and that there will be a process to consider new proposals, as well as reconsideration of existing ones.

The council's central area committee unanimously passed a resolution calling for the hospital to be named after Dr Lynn following a motion by Independent Cllr Nial Ring.