The East-Link toll bridge connecting the North Wall with Ringsend in Dublin opens.
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 can now drive across for a toll of 30p, while commercial vehicles have to pay between 85p and £1.75 depending on their size.
In its first 12 hours of operation over six thousand vehicles used the bridge.
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.
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.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 22 October 1984. The reporter is Joe O'Brien.