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Friday 18 January 2019

Quay collapse sparks bridges alert

A CITY-wide assessment of bridges in Dublin has been called for after a section of quay wall collapsed.

A TD said it was "extremely lucky" no one was injured in the incident along Ringsend Bridge in Dublin 4.

Traffic was diverted for a several hours as Dublin City Council assessed whether the bridge itself was structurally safe. It was opened later.

Further examinations were being undertaken today to identify the cause of the collapse.

Fianna Fail TD Chris Andrews called for an immediate city-wide structural assessment of bridges and surrounding footpaths.

"It is incredibly lucky that no one was hurt or worse," Mr Andrews said. "I believe the council must urgently undertake a city-wide review of structures such as these to ensure that they are safe."

The 200-year-old stretch of wall on Fitzwilliam Quay had been marked for reconstruction before it fell into the river Dodder on Sunday, according to reports.

Footpath

City officials were notified of the incident at around 9am.

One resident said a section of the wall had been cordoned off for weeks but no one expected it "to just fall over and take the footpath with it".

"Even the street lamp ended up in the water."

Responding to Mr Andrews' comments, a council spokesman said the city's bridges are regularly subjected to structural examinations.

comurphy@herald.ie

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