The Republic of Ireland's first toll bridge opened on 21 October 1984. The East-Link bridge connects the East Wall with Ringsend in Dublin.
The East-Link bridge was built at a cost of £8m and replaced the ferries that had been carrying passengers across the River Liffey since 1665. Motorists could now drive across for a toll of 30p, while commercial vehicles had to pay between 85p and £1.75 depending on their size. The bridge was built in a public-private partnership between Dublin Corporation, Dublin Port and the National Toll Roads company. Tolls are currently distributed among the partners under a 30-year contract that is due to expire at the end of 2015. All profits will then go to Dublin City Council.
Joe O'Brien reports on the new bridge for RTÉ News on 22 October 1984. Tony McLafferty, bridge manager, says everything went to plan. The Gardaí are pleased with the bridge's impact on city traffic. Noel Anderson, Garda public relations officer, says it has improved traffic flow in the immediate area.