Construction on the first bridge built over the Liffey in Dublin city in the twentieth century is well underway.

A new bridge for Dublin was announced in 1974 to link Custom House Quay with the south of the city, making it easier for traffic from Amiens Street to cross the River Liffey. Costing £750,000, the as yet unnamed bridge will carry four lanes of traffic and two footbridges.

Various suggestions for a name have been made to Dublin Corporation,

Seán Lemass Bridge, Arthur Griffith, James Larkin to the even more topical Peace Bridge.

The bridge will be constructed with three spans giving a total length of 80 metres.

The whole structure will be supported on prefabricated concrete beams.

The Matt Talbot Memorial Bridge opened for traffic on 14 February 1978. It is named after the temperance campaigner Matt Talbot, who was born in the North Strand and lived all his life in the city.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 11 December 1976. The reporter is Colm Connolly.