A Bridge for Rosie Hackett Campaign
Dublin City Councillors have voted to name the new bridge over the Liffey after Rosie Hackett, the 1913 Lockout and Eater Rising veteran who helped establish and build the Irish Women Workers Union.
In a vote at their meeting of Monday, September 2nd, Hackett finished ahead of Dublin GAA star Kay Mills, Alone founder Willie Bermingham, Dracula author Bram Stoker and Legion of Mary founder Frank Duff. Under a system which involved councillors giving five votes to their first preference and then working their way down to one for their fifth after which everything was simply added up, Rosie got 192 votes with the others receiving 176, 167, 92 and 80 respectively.
Speaking afterwards, Rosie’s nephew, John Gray said that he was “delighted and proud” and said that while his aunt might have been a little embarrassed at the thought of receiving such an honour, she would be thrilled too.
Rosie is the people’s choice:
Dublin City councillors urged to vote for the Rosie Hackett Bridge
Trade unionists, feminists, sportsmen, academics, artists, film makers, actors, comedians, historians, journalists, civic society groups and politicians are all calling on Dublin City councillors to make sure that after the council vote on September 2, the new bridge between Eden Quay and Burgh Quay is named after Rosie Hackett.
If councillors have committed to support another of the four remaining nominees, we are asking them to give Rosie their second preference.
Jeni Gartland of the Bridge for Rosie Hackett campaign says: “Dubliner, Jacobs Biscuit Factory worker, champion of workers’ rights, founder member of the Irish Women Workers’ Union, a 1913 Lockout activist who also fought for the Irish Citizen Army during the 1916 Rising – Rosie was an ordinary woman who lived in extraordinary times.
“Our campaign and its supporters believe there is no better moment than the 100th anniversary of the 1913 Dublin Lockout to name the bridge for Rosie Hackett and in so doing pay tribute to the many women who helped to win some of the rights we now take for granted.
“A recent packed meeting in Liberty Hall highlighted the momentum behind the move. Rosie is the people’s choice.
“Dublin City Councillors now have an opportunity to do something that has never been done before in this city: name a bridge over the River Liffey after a woman! And their action would also represent another significant step in recognising that, historically, women have done much more than simply observe and support the actions of men. We urge our councillors to take that step.”
Jeni Gartland: 086 404 7170
The original facebook page in support of Rosie
An Irishman’s Diary about Rosie, the IWWU and the Lockout
The Irish Women Workers Union website
A Trade Union TV video of the campaign’s recent public meeting