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Thursday 20 June 2019

Ha'penny Bridge 'love locks' facing break-up

Dublin City Council has vowed it will continue to try to break up 'love locks' on the city's bridges.

These love locks are padlocks, with names of couples written or engraved on them, attached to a structure, usually a bridge.

The keys are then thrown away to symbolise that the couple will be eternally bonded.

But the authority say these locks are damaging bridges, notably Dublin's historic Ha'penny Bridge where the practice is most prevalent.

And while opinion in the city is divided on love locks, the Council says it will remove them.

"I can confirm that Dublin City Council has removed locks on a number of occasions and we intend to continuously remove locks as they re-occur," a spokesperson for the council told the Herald.

They are at a loss, however, to come up with ideas to prevent them being placed on the bridge.

"It is not possible at this stage to suggest a method of preventing further locks being placed on bridges. We will continue to monitor the situation and remove any locks that are placed on bridges."

One person who is not calling for the locks to be removed is Dublin City Councillor Christy Burke.

"I don't think they're doing any harm," Councillor Burke told the Herald. "I think they brighten up the place.

"There are bigger problems in the city that the council should be dealing with.

"If young people want to do this thing as a message of love, bring it on. I have no problem with it if it is done with goodwill."

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The phenomenon of love locks is a popular one around European cities, having begun sometime in the last decade before arriving in Dublin in late 2011.

While the nearly 200-year-old Ha'penny Bridge is the most popular place in the city for love locks, the nearby Millennium Bridge is another where locks are regularly placed.

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