Dublin bridge named after Rosie Hackett by City Council

Dublin's new bridge named after 1913 trade unionist Rosie Hackett

Dublin City Council has voted to name the newest bridge across the Liffey after trade union activist Rosie Hackett.

The historic vote was taken on Monday night and represents the first bridge on the Liffey to be named after a woman.

The Irish Times reports that Hackett, a lesser-known trade unionist who was involved in the 1913 Lockout, received 192 points in a weighted ballot by councillors.

Dublin camogie player Kay Mills was second 176 points, ahead of Alone founder Willie Bermingham (167), Dracula creator Bram Stoker (92) and Legion of Mary founder Frank Duff (80).

The report says a proposal to open the list, so other names such as the Abbey Theatre could be considered, was heavily defeated.

In total, 85 names were put forward for the bridge which will carry the Luas Cross City railway line between Marlborough Street and Hawkins Street.

The initial proposals were reduced down to five by the council’s Commemorative Naming Committee.

The committee was criticised for excluding the Abbey even after it had received more than 2,500 online votes.

The paper says the bridge, which is costing an estimated $16million, is due to open in February, long in advance of the Luas Cross City line, which is not due to open until 2017.