I’ll name that bridge in five...



Dublin City Council’s naming committee is due to meet next month to discuss the name of the bridge again with the following names in the running: Willie Bermingham (founder of Alone); Frank Duff (founder of the Legion of Mary); Rosie Hackett (a trade unionist who was involved in the 1913 Lockout); Kay Mills (who played camogie for Dublin); and Bram Stoker (creator of Dracula).

The 21st bridge across the Liffey in Dublin city will span the river between Marlborough Street and Hawkins Street, just east of O’Connell Bridge. It is almost complete and - while an official opening date has yet to be set - is due to be ready for use by February of next year.

With the heavy lifting phase of construction due to end in October/November, the remaining period will be spent laying the Luas track in the centre of the bridge, laying out the two bus and cycle lanes, adding granite footpaths, constructing flood protection walls, which double as public seating, and installing balustrading.

When finished, the bridge will carry a single southbound tram track in the centre and two southbound bus and cycle lanes either side, one lane going straight on to Marlborough Street, the other turning right and heading towards O’Connell Bridge.