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The Rosie Hackett LUAS bridge will open on 20 May

The new structure will be the 24th Liffey crossing… and the first to be named after a woman.

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[Dublin City Council]

DUBLIN’S NEWEST LIFFEY Bridge will open on 20 May of this year.

The new structure will link Marlborough St on the northside with Hawkins Street on the south bank, and will handle the new southbound cross city LUAS line along with two bus lanes.

Lord Mayor Oisín Quinn confirmed the opening via Twitter:

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The bridge will be the 24th crossing of the Liffey, and the first to be named after a woman.

Rosie Hackett was a trade unionist and member of the Irish Citizen Army who took part in the 1916 Rising. Her name was chosen from a shortlist by Dublin councillors at a meeting last year.

Those campaigning for her name to be used argued that Hackett’s role – like that of many women involved in activism in the early 20th century – had been largely erased from history.

Alongside corridors for the LUAS and buses, the new bridge will also have cycle lanes and footpaths.

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[Dublin City Council]

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