A SHORTLIST of names – some well-known others not exactly household names - for the latest bridge across Dublin’s River Liffey was revealed today.
From Tony Gregory to Lady Gregory, from the Abbey Theatre Bridge to The Returned Home Bridge, the list of 17 names is bound to divide public opinion and spark keen debate.
The list also includes Dracula creator Bram Stoker, patriot James Connolly and Strumpet City author James Plunkett.
Physicist Ernest Walton, Legion of Mary founder Frank Duff and poet WB Yeats are also on the list.
Lesser known figures include trade unionist Rosie Hackett and Dublin camogie player Kay Mills.
Oscar Wilde and Jonathan Swift also feature along with the founder of the Alone organization for the elderly Willie Bermingham and Dr George Sigerson, after whom the GAA Sigerson cup is named..
A major campaign has already got underway to name the Luas bridge after the Abbey Theatre, as it is located beside the famous building in the city centre.
The idea behind the Returned Home Bridge is to honour the Irish men and women who fought in World War I, and received no recognition when they returned home.
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, including e-mails, direct correspondence and petitions.
At the meeting of Dublin City Council’s Commemorative Naming Committee yesterday, the 85 nominations were shortlisted to 17. (see list below) .
The shortlisted names will be reviewed at the next meeting of the committee on June 12.
Committee chairman councilor Dermot Lacey said: ““This process has assisted in bringing to public attention people and events that have made a unique and outstanding contribution to the life and history of Dublin.”
“ It has brought into focus a rich variety of names, many of which will give the city council suggestions for the naming of infrastructure into the future”.
He said the council welcomed the public’s engagement in the process and is aiming to have a decision on the naming in autumn 2013.
The new bridge is scheduled to be completed in late 2013.
Transport Minister Leo Varadkar will signedthe first contracts for work on the new Luas Cross-City line in Dublin today.
For the first time, the Green and Red routes will be joined with an extension to the Irish Rail station at Broombridge.
It is expected that the new 5.6 kilometre line will take four years to build, at a cost of €370m - partly funded with a loan from the European Investment Bank.
Abbey Theatre Bridge
The Patriots Bridge
The Returned Home