The first section of the planned pedestrian link between Henry Street and Grafton Street in Dublin is officially opened.

The Lord Mayor of Dublin Mr Bertie Ahern officially opens the pedestrian section at Upper Liffey Street. 

The Liffey scheme is just one part of an overall plan for the pedestrianisation of Dublin city centre. 

It's designed to make shopping a pleasant experience with easy access from Grafton Street to Henry Street.

After cutting the ribbon Mr Ahern took to the newly paved streets for a dance with newly elected Fianna Fáil TD Mary Mooney. Others in attendance at the ceremony included independent TD Tony Gregory.

It is hoped that the link between the south and north Liffey will be completed for Dublin's millennium in 1988. The new environment has encouraged Dublin traders to improve the look of their premises. According to Dublin Corporation a survey shows that 204,000 pedestrians pass by the Liffey Street corner every day and it is hoped that new style streets will attract more shoppers to the city centre. 

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 9 March 1987. The reporter is Mary Fanning.