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Bridge honour for Tony Gregory would be a fitting tribute

• In relation to the naming of the new Liffey bridge, Noel Gregory (Letters, June 4) would like to toss the name of his brother Tony into the ring. This is a great idea -- after all, Tony was the champion of the people and a true Dubliner.

Many remember Tony Gregory for not wearing a tie to the Dail, and this was a big thing at the time. It was as if he was a rebellious teenager who defied these silly Dail rules -- and at the time it took great courage to do so.

If I remember correctly, he said many people could not afford to buy a tie, so being a compassionate man he joined with them and never wore one. This may seem crazy to today's generation, that men could not afford a tie -- and it was not so long ago either.

We now have TDs in pink shirts, TDs with goatee beards and TDs with scruffy hair, and no one blinks an eyelid.

However, Tony must not just be remembered for this. He worked tirelessly for the downtrodden and the marginalised of our society. He tried for many years to get rid of drugs and dealers in Dublin. His famous deal with Charlie Haughey helped disadvantaged schools to get more teachers.

As Noel Gregory puts it so well, he championed the cause of urban regeneration in the Marlborough Street and docklands areas and fought for the rights of street traders.

He was the darling of the street traders and they loved him greatly as a TD as he was the voice of the people in the inner city. There will never be anyone like him; he was a great warrior, a bit like Cu Chulainn, Brian Boru, Daniel O'Connell, the Liberator, and Big Jim Larkin. Like them, he contributed 100pc to the cause.

He was not afraid to question authority if he felt people were being treated unjustly. He spoke the truth and was not interested in pussy-footing around on serious issues.

A Liffey bridge would be a very fitting tribute to him and would help everyone to recall the great Tony Gregory TD.

Ms Terry Healy
Kill, Co Kildare

Irish Independent