Monday 20 October 2014

'Take a mosey across the Rosie' - Rosie Hackett Bridge opened

Paul Melia Environment Correspondent

Published 20/05/2014 | 16:19

The Rosie Hackett Bridge in Dublin .
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The Rosie Hackett Bridge in Dublin . 18/05/14
The Rosie Hackett Bridge in Dublin .
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The Rosie Hackett Bridge in Dublin . 18/05/14
The Rosie Hackett Bridge in Dublin .
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The Rosie Hackett Bridge in Dublin . 18/05/14

DUBLINERS will be able to take a “mosey across the Rosie” after the capital’s newest bridge - and only one named after a woman – was officially opened today.

The Rosie Hackett Bridge, a dedicated public transport and cycling bridge, is named after the trade unionist sacked from her job due to her involvement in the 1913 Dublin Lockout, before going on to serve in the Easter 1916 Rising at Liberty Hall, St Stephen’s Green and Royal College of Surgeons.

Ms Hackett (1893-1976) was a member of the Irish Transport and General Workers' Union (ITGWU) and a founding member of the Irish Women Workers' Union. She worked for the ITGWU until retiring in the 1950s.

Hundreds of people including Transport Minister Leo Varadkar, Sabina Higgins and Dublin City councillors attended the official opening this afternoon, where they were entertained by the Communications Workers Union brass band.

The bridge, which cost €13.5m, links Marlborough Street and Hawkins Street and will carry hundreds of buses, as many as 600 pedestrians and Luas trams every day. It opens at 6am tomorrow.

Lord Mayor Oisin Quinn said it was an honour to be involved in the opening of the bridge which was named after  woman who led Jacob’s workers in the 1913 Lockout, before taking such an active role in trade unionism and the struggle for Irish freedom.

“From 6am, we can say meet me at the Rosie”, he said. “By bike, bus or brogue, we can mosey across the Rosie.”

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