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Sunday 22 October 2017

Final push to get Abbey back on bridge shortlist

A LAST-ditch attempt is to be made to have the Abbey Theatre included in the list of possible names for Dublin's newest bridge.

Dublin city councillors will vote next week on what to call the Liffey crossing at Marlborough Street, which is due to open in February.

A local authority committee chaired by Labour's Dermot Lacey produced a controversial shortlist of five names for the bridge. The list is made up of Willie Bermingham, Rosie Hackett, Frank Duff, Kay Mills and Bram Stoker.

Now, a member of the committee, Paddy McCartan, has told the Herald he intends to canvass support among his colleagues to have the Abbey added to the list.

"I'm going to see if I can get cross-party support to have the Abbey Bridge added to the list, at least give councillors the opportunity to vote on it," the Fine Gael man said.

"If that meant postponing the vote for a month, I wouldn't have a problem with that. The argument that if you open this up for one name, you open it up for all, is not valid. You could only make a case for the Abbey," he said.

"It has been a flaw in the process to exclude the most obvious choice and one that all Dubliners would like to see on the shortlist if not the winner," Mr McCartan added.

Mr Lacey has strongly defended the process, saying it was impartial and thorough. He also resisted a previous call to have the final list expanded.

If Mr McCartan can garner support, he is likely to table a motion calling for the Abbey to be included for consideration.

cmurphy@herald.ie

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