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Cllr Chris Andrews tables motion to rename bridge in honour of suffragette and activist Dr Kathleen Lynn

12 January, 2015

Sinn Féin Councillor Chris Andrews has today welcomed the passing of his proposal by Dublin City Council’s South East Area Committee to set in motion the process of renaming the Charlemont Bridge on the Grand Canal in honour of Kathleen Lynn. The proposal now goes to the Council’s Commemorative Naming Committee for consideration.

Cllr. Andrews said

“Since the demolition of St. Ultan’s Hospital and the ffrench-Mullen flats, Charlemont Street is almost completely devoid of any reference to its past as the site of St. Ultan’s Children’s Hospital, founded by Dr. Kathleen Lynn in 1919.”

“As well as founding St.Ultan’s, Kathleen was an active suffragette and a labour activist, as well as chief medical officer of the Irish Citizens’ Army during the 1916 Rising. For her part in the Rising she was imprisoned in Kilmainham Gaol with Constance Markievicz, Madeline ffrench-Mullen and Helena Moloney. In 1923 she was elected to Dáil Éireann, serving until 1927.”

“Renaming the Charlemont Bridge in her honour in the year of the 60th anniversary of her death, and as we approach the centenary of the 1916 Rising, is an ideal way in which to commemorate her legacy, the Rising and the rich history of the local area. I will be seeking the support of my fellow City councillors over the coming weeks to ensure this proposal becomes a reality."

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