Last year, Fingal County Council undertook a public consultation about the future of St. Catherines Park, and included on their list of proposed developments a pedestrian bridge over the Liffey. However, in the new public consultation document published this year, no reference is made to a pedestrian bridge. When I enquired why the bridge was omitted from the more recent consultation, Fingal County Council confirmed that this decision was made due to a lack of available funding sources.
I’m calling on Fingal County Council to seek funding from Government sources to finance this bridge. The Council has already been successful in obtaining funding from the Department of Transport to finance improvements along the Royal Canal between Blanchardstown and Ashtown.
Constructing this bridge would allow a key element of a Regional Cycle Route for Dublin to be completed. This would act as a major draw for cycling tourists, who more and more are choosing Ireland as a holiday destination. While building this bridge would be a large capital spend, we have to invest wisely in long term tourist infrastructure which will encourage people to holiday in Ireland.