An Bord Pleanála has approved planning permission for a controversial suspension bridge over the River Liffey in Dublin's docklands.

The idea of a new bridge has been objected to by local residents on both sides of the quays who say it would channel even more traffic through their communities.

Flor McCarthy speaks to Docklands Councillors Dolores Wilson and Betty Ashe, who see the plans as a bridge too far. This view is also defended by Independent TD Tony Gregory. However, Dublin Corporation say the new bridge will enhance the whole Docklands area, a view which is defended by Dublin City Architect Michael Phillips.

The bridge has been designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, who also designed the James Joyce Bridge, currently under construction at Blackhall Place.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 23 August 2001. The reporter is Flor McCarthy.