Rosie Hackett Bridge opens
Dublin City Council has officially opened the Rosie Hackett Bridge, Dublin’s new public transport priority bridge. The bridge caters for pedestrians, cyclists, buses and taxis. South-bound Luas trams will use it following the scheduled completion of the Luas Cross City project in 2017.
Dublin’s Lord Mayor Oisín Quinn officially named the bridge in honour of the trade union activist who was present at historic events at nearby Liberty Hall during the 1913 Lock Out and the Easter Rising. The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar TD and John Gray, Rosie Hackett’s nephew were also in attendance.
Lord Mayor Quinn said: “The Rosie Hackett Bridge caters exclusively for multiple forms of sustainable transport. It will play a central role in improving bus performance along the city quays and provide an alternative route to O’Connell Bridge for cyclists and pedestrians crossing the Liffey. It will also provide a vital link for Luas Cross City and is a welcome addition to the city’s expanding sustainable transport infrastructure.” This also includes dublinbikes, the Canal Way Cycle Route and Quality Bus Corridors.
Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar said: “The new bridge is unique in that it is the only one in Dublin built exclusively for the use of public transport, pedestrians and cyclists.”
Rosie Hackett’s nephew John Gray said. “I would like to thank all the people who campaigned to have this beautiful bridge named after Rosie Hackett. Dublin City Council’s decision to name the bridge after Rosie is a tribute to people all over the world who have fought against injustice and inequality.”