A new city centre bridge remains stranded in Dublin Port tonight following the postponement of the latest attempt to move it up the River Liffey.

The Samuel Beckett Bridge was due to pass through the East Link Bridge at 2am this morning, but this was abandoned because of high winds.

A fresh attempt could have been made at high tide during the early hours of tomorrow morning, but this has also been called off because of a poor weather forecast.

A spokeswoman for Dublin City Council said a decision on whether the bridge can be moved tomorrow afternoon is expected at 7am.

A barge carrying the 120m long and 48m high bridge has already made its way from Rotterdam, across the English Channel and Irish Sea.

When it opens in early 2010, the bridge will link Guild Street on the north side of the city with Sir John Rogerson's Quay on the south side.

Designed by the world famous Spanish architect and engineer, Dr Santiago Calatrava, the Samuel Beckett Bridge began its journey from Rotterdam seven days ago.

Dublin City Council commissioned the bridge in order to reduce the number of cars in the city centre.

It will have four traffic lanes, cycle tracks and footpaths, and has the capacity to facilitate bus and light rail in the future.

The project will cost just under €60m. The cable-stayed bridge is designed to be a landmark feature of the city, evoking the image of a harp.