Rosie Hackett Public Transport Priority Bridge

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Opens Rosie Hackett Booklet in a new widnow Rosie Hackett Booklet

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Image of Rosie Hackett bridge

Image of Rosie Hackett bridge

Image of Rosie Hacket

ITGWU publication Fifty Years of Liberty Hall, Dublin, 1959


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Dublin City Council’s Rosie Hackett Public Transport Bridge – concept to opening

  • Dublin City Council establish the need for a bridge at Marlborough St to provide additional capacity for southbound public transport vehicles crossing the Liffey
  • 2005 – Rail Procurement Agency (RPA) begins examining the feasibility of connecting the Luas Green and Red lines
  • April 2008 Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport approves of an agreement between Dublin City Council and RPA to procure a public transport priority bridge at Marlborough St
  • July 2008 – Dublin City Council approves of a variation to the City Development Plan to provide for a new Public Transport Bridge at Marlborough St
  • December 2008 – Following extensive public consultation, RPA selects connecting Luas lines as part of its preferred route in extending the Luas from O’Connell St to Boombridge
  • This route uses O’Connell Bridge for northbound trams but requires a new bridge linking Marlborough St and Hawkins St for southbound trams
  • Dublin City Council’s Road Design Division is tasked with managing the provision of a public transport priority bridge at Marlborough St
  • Consulting Engineers Roughan & O’Donovan and Sean Harrington Architects appointed o undertake engineering and design consultancy services
  • Road Design Division submits an Environmental Impact Assessment to An Bord Pleanala. This is granted in July 2009
  • All other statutory consents are completed by late 2010. The project then receives approval from the National Transport Authority – the funding authority.
  • Dublin City Council then commences a competitive public tender process
  • August 2011 - Graham Projects Ltd appointed. The Northern Ireland based construction company previously constructed the Samuel Beckett Bridge which opened in December 2009.
  • Construction of a new bridge, with the working title of Marlborough St Public Transport Priority Bridge, begins in September 2011.
  • December 2012 – Dublin City Council approves the setting up of a Commemorative Naming Committee to consider naming proposals.
  • March – May 2013 – Dublin City Council seeks suggestions from the public for names for its new bridge. Over 18,000 people make submissions in one form or another. 85 names are proposed and 17 shortlisted by the Commemorative Naming Committee. 
  • The Commemorative Naming Committee refines the shortlist to five names. These are Rosie Hackett, Kay Mills, Willie Birmingham, Bram Stoker and Frank Duff
  • September 2nd 2013 Dublin City Council votes to name the new bridge in honour of Rosie Hackett. 
  • 20th May 2014 The Rosie Hackett Bridge is officially named by Dublin’s Lord Mayor Oisín Quinn
  • 21st May 2014 the Rosie Hackett Bridge opens to public transport, cyclists and pedestrians

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The Rosie Hackett Bridge – some key facts

  • The Rosie Hackett Bridge is a Public Transport Priority Bridge catering exclusively for multiple forms of sustainable transport
  • The bridge is 47metre long and 26 metres wide
  • It’s the 21st bridge over the Liffey in Dublin City (between Chapelizod and Dublin Port)
  • It’s the first new bridge in Dublin this decade and the first since the Samuel Beckett Bridge (2009)
  • For more on Dublin’s bridges see

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Traffic provision on the Rosie Hackett Bridge

  • Southbound Bus Lanes for Bus Routes 14, 15, 27 and 151 and taxis.
  • Southbound LUAS track
  • Wide footpaths 
  • Cycle paths
  • Emergency vehicles can also use the bridge

The footpaths are wide and generous. Pedestrians are separated from vehicular and cycle traffic by a 1metre high concrete parapet which includes seating and planting areas and also incorporates a flood defence barrier.

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Public transport improvements

The Rosie Hackett Bridge will facilitate several public transport improvements as well as cycling and walking facilities. Buses carry the bulk of public transport users in the city. Dublin City Council introduced a ban on right turns from Custom House Quay to Talbot Memorial Bridge on 12th May. This allowed Dublin City Council to create a contra-flow bus lane giving buses priority access to the Rosie Hackett Bridge. The 14, 15, 27 and 151 routes will use the contra-flow bus lane on Custom House Quay and Rosie Hackett Bridge. For more on this see

  • O’Connell Bridge is the busiest walking route in the city with around 6,000 people walking across it every hour. At least 10% of these are expected to use the new bridge
  • Taxis can use the bridge – time savings will benefit the customer
  • Cyclists can now avoid O’Connell Bridge
  • Southbound Luas trams will use the bridge from the completion of Luas Cross City in 2017

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Engineering Challenges

Dublin City Council faced many obstacles during planning, design and construction.

The quay walls, which are listed structures, needed to be strengthened to support heavy construction plant.

The work site, in a busy city centre location, was constrained by heavy traffic on the quays on both sides and the River Liffey underneath.

The City Centre Interceptor Sewer runs directly underneath the bridge and the utmost care was required in order to avoid damage. 

The design used a combination of high strength concrete and post-tensioning. This minimised the bridge’s structural depth, or thickness, and gives an elegant, contemporary look. It also means the underside of the bridge is as high above the water as possible so river traffic is not affected.

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Who was Rosie Hackett?

Rosie Hackett (1893-1976) was a member of the Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union (ITGWU) and a founding member of the Irish Women Workers’ Union. She was dismissed from her job at Jacobs Biscuit Factory on Bishop St as a result of her involvement with the 1913 Dublin Lockout. She served with Countess Markievicz in the 1916 Rising, seeing action at Liberty Hall, St. Stephen’s Green and the Royal College of Surgeons. She was imprisoned in Kilmainham Gaol for 10 days as a result of her involvement in the Rising. She worked for the ITGWU until her retirement in the 1950s.

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