A new bridge links Ringaskiddy and Haulbowline but the people of Cobh want a bridge to East Ferry.
The newly opened bridge connecting Ringaskiddy with Haulbowline Island is Ireland's longest bridge. The bridge spans 1496 feet in two stages linking Ringaskiddy on the mainland with the heavily industrialised Cork island of Haulbowline. The island is home to a steelworks and also an Irish navy base. The bridge was constructed at a cost of over £250,000 from central government.
Haulbowline is a short distance from Cobh where many people there have a cynical view of the bridge describing it as "the bridge to nowhere". The people of Cobh want a bridge but not to and from Haulbowline. Many have been campaigning for a bridge from Cobh to East Ferry which they believe would have been much more beneficial.
It would bring people into the town.
While Cobh has a lot going for it, it is considered to be a dead end town. Many think a bridge to East Ferry would have a considerable influence on the status and prosperity of Cobh. Cork City Council has estimated that it would cost £220,000 to build the bridge. Necessary roadworks would cost a further £320,000.
The bridge would open Cobh to the southeastern tourist traffic and bring more business but that kind of money is just not available.
Councillor Eddie Burgess has been campaigning for the bridge for many years. He refuses to accept that Cork County Council's estimate of costs describing it as "fantastic". He believes that the new bridge is an economic necessity for the future of Cobh, from a commercial, industrial and tourist perspective. The bridge could be the making of Cobh.
Eddie Burgess says that money has already been spent on a bridge that the people of Cobh never wanted. In his opinion if money can be found for the Haulbowline bridge, then money can be found for the Cobh bridge.
Michael Conlon, Cork County Manager, says that while the bridge may be socially desirable it may not be financially possible.
The money is just not available.
This episode of 'Newsbeat' was broadcast on 3 January 1967. The reporter is Bill O'Herlihy.