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Long list of iconic figures floated for naming of Liffey bridge

From Tony Gregory to Lady Gregory, the shortlist of names for the latest bridge across Dublin's River Liffey for the new Luas line is bound to spark intense debate and argument.

The list also includes Dracula creator Bram Stoker, 1916 patriot James Connolly and 'Strumpet City' author James Plunkett.

Physicist Ernest Walton, Legion of Mary founder Frank Duff, poet WB Yeats and the Abbey Theatre are also on the list released yesterday.

Oscar Wilde and Jonathan Swift feature along with the founder of the Alone organisation for the elderly, Willie Bermingham, and Dr George Sigerson, after whom the GAA Sigerson cup is named.

It also includes The Returned Home bridge – a project to honour the thousands of Irish men and women who enlisted during World War I – and the Patriots' Bridge.

Lesser-known figures include trade unionist Rosie Hackett and Dublin camogie player Kay Mills.

Dublin City Council said it was very grateful for the public's "enthusiastic response" to the advertisement seeking nominations for the naming of the new bridge over the Liffey at Marlborough Street.

There were 85 official nominations received along with almost 10,000 supporting submissions.

The shortlisted names will be reviewed at the next meeting of the committee on June 12.

The new bridge is scheduled to be completed towards the end of this year.

Irish Independent