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New bridges 'will boost' 1916 centenary

THE construction of three new bridges in Dublin is the perfect opportunity to commemorate the centenary of the 1916 Rising and the War of Independence, a city politician has said.

Independent councillor Nial Ring said he has received a number of phone calls since it emerged that the bridges would be built over the next four years.

He said that it was a good opportunity to honour those who died fighting for independence.

"One name that strikes me might be Kevin Barry, who was the first to be killed since the Easter Rising," he told the Herald.

Barry, a UCD medical student, was executed in 1920 aged only 18 for his IRA activity.

Mr Ring said that another of the bridges might be named after someone who died during Bloody Sunday 1920, when the British massacred unarmed civilians watching a football match in Croke Park.

"There was Bloody Sunday, maybe we could name it after a civilian who died," he said.

"I've been getting quite a few phone calls about the bridges. I was a little bit surprised at the interest, to be honest."

Mr Ring said that he would bring it up at the next committee meeting for central Dublin.

The three bridges are part of a plan to redevelop the docklands region into a business hub. Two of the bridges will be for pedestrians while the other will be for traffic.

The bridge naming suggestion emerged as Taoiseach Enda Kenny has given the green light for the establishment of a new cabinet sub-committee tasked with planning the 1916 commemorations.

The committee, which was set up following a request by Arts Minister Heather Humphreys, will roll out the series of events organised to celebrate the 100th anniversary.


One of the issues that the committee is expected to discuss is the prospect of inviting members of the British royal family.

Ms Humphreys said she intends to draft in the expertise of local authorities to ensure commemoration events are organised throughout the country.