Labour Women welcomes Rosie Hackett Bridge

3 September 2013

Rosie HackettLabour Women welcomes the decision of Dublin City Council last night to name the new bridge over the Liffey after local woman, Rosie Hackett. This will be the first bridge over the Liffey in Dublin named after a woman.

Labour Women Chair, Sinead Ahern said, “Rosie Hackett was an extraordinary, ordinary woman. Growing up in the North Inner City, Rosie is intimately connected with the area. A trade unionist and feminist, Rosie played a pivotal role during the 1913 Lockout in leading the women from the Jacob’s Biscuit Factory in protest at the awful working conditions at the time. Three years later in 1916, Rosie joined the Irish Citizens Army and her role in the Rising resulted in her being arrested and imprisoned in Kilmainham Jail. For the remainder of her life, Rosie continued to work for women’s workers’ rights, and it is fitting that we commemorate her memory this year, in the centenary of the Lockout.

“The campaign to get the new bridge named after Rosie Hackett showed people power at its best. I would like to pay tribute to all in Labour Youth for their great work in raising the profile of Rosie Hackett and getting the people of Dublin behind her. In particular, I’d like to thank Angelina Cox, Jeni Gartland and Lisa Connell, three young women who fought not only for the work and life of Rosie Hackett to be recognised, but who also campaigned for the role that women played in building our country to be acknowledged.

“Labour Women would also like to thank our Labour Party Councillors on Dublin City Council, and all Councillors who voted for Rosie Hackett last night, and to thank the Irish Women’s Workers Union Commemorative Committee for their support.

“Finally, Dublin has a bridge over the Liffey named after a woman. Hopefully this is just the beginning of a wider public acknowledgment of the role that women have played in Irish history. Labour Women is calling on the Government to introduce a policy on the naming of public monuments which will address the gender imbalance that currently exists. For years to come, I look forward to being able to say, ‘meet you at the Rosie Hackett Bridge’.”

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