Wednesday 18 October 2017

Bid to name fire station after charity chief blocked

Fire Officer Willie Berminghan,founder of ALONE and his wife Mary at Dublin airport Nov.1986
Fire Officer Willie Berminghan,founder of ALONE and his wife Mary at Dublin airport Nov.1986

Niall O'Connor Political Correspondent

THE family of charity founder Willie Bermingham have expressed their deep disappointment after plans to rename a Dublin fire station after their loved one were blocked.

A council policy has scuppered proposals to name Tara Street Fire Station after the well-known firefighter, who spent his working life saving lives and providing care to the elderly.

Bermingham, who founded the charity ALONE, narrowly missed out on having the city's newest bridge named after him last summer.

The structure was instead named after the trade unionist Rosie Hackett after a close contest, which captured the public's imagination.


After being inundated with correspondence from firefighters and families across Dublin, councillors voted to rename Tara Street Fire Station after Bermingham.

However, it's now emerged that the plans have been blocked because of a council policy which precludes certain facilities, such as fire stations, from being named after individuals.

The decision to block the renaming of the station has sparked a row between naming committee chairman Dermot Lacey and a number of his council colleagues.

Meanwhile, the Bermingham family said they hope the council's policy can be altered in order to accommodate the name change of Tara Street Fire Station.

"It would mean absolutely everything to us to have it named after Willie. This would just be the icing on the cake," Willie's wife, Marie Bermingham, told the Irish Independent.

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