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Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Irish writer, in holidays...UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1890:  Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Irish writer, in holidays, about 1893. Guillot de Saix collection. Colourized photo.  (Photo by Roger Viollet Collection/Getty Images)...E

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Irish writer, in holidays...UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1890: Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Irish writer, in holidays, about 1893. Guillot de Saix collection. Colourized photo. (Photo by Roger Viollet Collection/Getty Images)...E

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An artist's impression of the new bridge

Seventeen names have been shortlisted for Dublin's new Luas bridge.

The public suggested 85 names for the bridge over the Liffey at Marlborough Street, along with almost 10,000 supporting submissions, including emails and petitions.

Now Dublin City Council's Commemorative Naming Committee has shortlisted 17 names, which will be reviewed at its next meeting on June 12.

The shortlisted names include WB Yeats, Willie Bermingham, Tony Gregory, Lady Gregory, Oscar Wilde and James Connolly.

"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," Committee chairman Cllr Dermot Lacey said.

"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 added.

The City Council aims to have a decision on naming in the autumn. The new bridge is due to be completed later this year.

Other names which did not make the shortlist included Michael Collins, Brian Boru, Robert Emmet, Magdalene Laundries, the Monto Bridge and the 1913 Lockout Memorial Bridge.

Meanwhile, Transport Minister Leo Varadkar yesterday signed the first contract for the €368m Luas Cross City project, which will see the Luas use the new bridge.

The project is expected to create around 800 jobs during the construction phase.

It will join up the existing Red and Green Luas lines and link with the Maynooth/Dunboyne commuter line at Broombridge in Cabra.

mlavery@herald.ie


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