The East-Link bridge linking connecting East Wall with Ringsend in Dublin is under construction.
The construction of the Republic of Ireland’s first toll bridge, the East-Link bridge is underway. The second span of the bridge is fitted into position by a crane. The construction is supported on steel piles driven through black boulder clay to the River Liffey bedrock.
The bridge is the brainchild of Tom Roche, the former chairman of the Cement-Roadstone group. He heads a business consortium planning the construction of toll roads and bridges around Dublin.
In 2015 ownership of the East-Link bridge was transferred to the State and is maintained by Dublin City Council. In 2016 the bridge was officially renamed as Thomas Clarke Bridge by President Michael D Higgins. The renaming ceremony took place on 3 May 2016, the centenary of the day Thomas Clarke was executed in Kilmainham Gaol for his role in the 1916 Rising.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 30 April 1984. The footage shown here is mute.