When we consider that this is the 100th anniversary of Cumann na mBan, we can see that equality eludes us still. This can be compared with the commemoration for the 100th anniversary of the Irish Volunteers in the Garden of Remembrance, broadcast live on television, at which the President spoke and there was a guard of honour. The commemoration for the 100th anniversary of Cumann na mBan was on a Wednesday. The President did not speak at the event, nor did any Minister. The chairman of the Glasnevin Trust was the main speaker.
For the first time in the history of the State a bridge over the Liffey was named after a woman, a member of Cumann na mBan. Considering Dublin is quite an old city, that in itself is a disgrace. I propose an amendment to the Order of Business to include our motion that the Government name previously unnamed roads, buildings and parks after Cumann na mBan and its members. I ask Members on both sides of the House to consider how many public buildings, parks and roads are named after women. They would be very hard-pressed to name five. Equality eludes us still. Given that the Deputy Leader would support it, perhaps she would press for what has happened in other counties, including in Carrick-on-Suir and Carrick-on-Shannon, where, following motions from this party, it has been proposed that public parks and housing infrastructure be named after Cumann na mBan.
In Cork and Kerry, the President’s wife opened a park in honour of Cumann na mBan. In Roscommon, Westmeath, Leitrim and Waterford public parks, roads and bridges have been named after members of the active women’s group to celebrate the 100th anniversary of its founding.
Waterford Outer Ring Road
The former Waterford Outer Ring Road is now to be known as the Cumann na mBan Ring Road in honour of the pivotal contribution made by Ireland’s women in the foundation of our state. The motion to rename the Outer Ring Road was proposed back in January 2015 which was unanimously supported by Waterford Councillors.
Athlone N6 Bridge
The N6 bridge over the Shannon in Athlone was officially renamed the Cumann na mBan Bridge, to commemorate the centenary of that organisation.There was unanimous agreement on the new name at a meeting of Westmeath County Council. Roscommon councillors have also approved the change. The name change was officially proposed by Cllr Frankie Keena and seconded by Cllr Paul Hogan.
N22 Tralee Bypass
Cumann na mBan has a rich and deep history in Kerry it was proposed that the Tralee Bypass to renamed in their honour.
Proposed: N40 Outer Ring Road Cork
The proposal to rename the N40 Outer Ring Road in Cork will come before the Council in early 2017 and it is hoped it will receive support from all Councillors.