Monday 23 October 2017

A bridge for Tony

• In relation to naming the new Liffey Bridge, I would like to toss the name of my late brother, Tony Gregory TD, into the ring. Tony championed the cause of inner city Dublin for over a quarter of a century as a city councillor until the ending of the dual mandate, and for 27 years as a TD, until his untimely death in 2009.

He championed the cause of urban regeneration in the Marlborough Street area and in the docklands and fought for the rights of street traders of the 'Molly Malone' tradition -- not to mention his struggle to rid the city centre of the scourge of heroin. Tony also sat on the Dublin Port and Docks board, for whom his father also worked as a labourer.

The Tony Gregory Bridge would be a nice counter-balance to the Frank Sherwin Bridge further up the Liffey or maybe the bridge could simply be named the Gregory Bridge, as I know Tony would love to share it with Lady Gregory, whose beloved Abbey Theatre stands near the foot of the new bridge.

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