The new Rosie Hackett Bridge and (inset) second cousins of Rosie Hackett Agnes Malone and Terry Dunne from Glasgow. Pictures: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

Rosie Hackett was remembered earlier this week when the 21st bridge over the Liffey was named after the women workers’ rights activist.
The rain held up to allow hundreds of onlookers, guests and politicians to enjoy the first walk across the Rosie Hackett Bridge.
The bridge, which cost €13.5m, is for public transport only: buses, taxis, pedestrians, cyclists for now, and it will act as the connector bridge for the Luas cross city when it is completed in 2017.
The Rosie Hackett Bridge is the 21st bridge over the Liffey between Chapelizod and Dublin Port and is the only bridge named after a woman. It’s the first new bridge in Dublin City since the Samuel Beckett Bridge in 2009.
Speaking to The Gazette, Michael Philips, director of traffic and city engineer with Dublin City Council, said: “This bridge will greatly benefit the movement of the buses in turning them around from the North Quays to the South Quays but also hopefully it will prove attractive for businesses to open up on both sides of the quays with the movement of pedestrians and cyclists,” he said.
Cutting the ribbon was Lord Mayor Oisin Quinn (Lab) with Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar and Rosie’s nephew John Gray, among others.
Speaking at the event the Lord Mayor said “It is a great honour for me to officially open the Rosie Hackett Bridge – the 21st bridge is a bridge fit for a 21st century city. Once open we can say – meet me at the Rosie by bike, bus or broom we can mosey across the Rosie,” he said.
Rosie’s nephew John Gray was honoured to see “so many” people including relatives attend the official opening. “Those of us who were privileged enough to know Rosie will remember her fondly and are very proud that she is being honoured here today with this beautiful bridge.
“If Rosie could be with us today, I am sure she would be embarrassed by all this fuss, she would without doubt be giggling about it all but she would also be proud.
“Rosie Hackett was and should be remembered as an honest, kind, hardworking woman.
“I hope that when people meet someone or a friend here at the Rosie, they will spare a thought for Rosie and all the men and women from all those years ago who played their part making Dublin and Ireland a better place,” he said.
Member of the Rosie Hackett Bridge naming campaign Angelina Cox said they are delighted to see it finally open. “It is great for the city to finally have a bridge in the city centre named after a woman but also named after Rosie. She was just an ordinary woman and she really represents the spirit of the time and the place where the bridge is. [The bridge] is right near Liberty Hall so she really represents that area of the city.”
It was noted that during the official ceremony of the bridge named after a real-life woman there were no women on the platform to say a few words, which Angelina said was a “pity”. “It was just a pity that the office holders speaking – Lord Mayor, Minister for Transport etc – all happened to be men. It is just indicative of quite a male dominated society,” she said.
Minister Varadkar said: This new bridge will speed up bus journeys, carry the new Luas cross city and also provide an additional option for cyclists and walkers.
“I think what will happen is that people crossing the bridge will ask who Rosie Hackett was and what she did, which will cause people to explore what she did in history,” he said.

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