An Taoiseach officially opens
AN Taoiseach Leo
Varadkar officially opened the new Cockhill Bridge
in Buncrana yesterday, Tuesday, September 11, 2018.
Speaking at the official opening he said “I am
delighted to be here today in Donegal for the
official opening of Cockhill Bridge, which will have
a position impact on the daily lives of people
living not just in Buncrana but right across the
Inishowen peninsula. About 10,000 people will cross
the bridge every day, whether it’s getting to and
from school and work, or people visiting the area to
see the Wild Atlantic Way or Ireland’s most
northerly point at Malin Head. I’m really pleased to
see the old bridge being retained as a cycling and
walking amenity for the local community."
This new €3.15 million bridge spans 28 meters with a
7 meter wide carriageway and two walkways and
replaces the 200 year old bridge which is being
retained to serve as a new pedestrian and cycle
crossing of the river as well as an ideal fishing
An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar officially
opening the new Cockhill Bridge in Buncrana on
Tuesday, September 11, with Minister for State Joe
McHugh TD and Cathaoirleach of Donegal County
Council Cllr. Seamus O'Domhnaill.
Donegal County Council Cllr. Seamus O’Domhnaill
acknowledged the benefits that the bridge is already
bringing to the region saying “motorists are already
experiencing reduced journey times of 10 minutes
between Buncrana and Carndonagh during peak traffic
times since this bridge opened earlier this year and
in July Ballyliffin hosted the very successful Dubai
Duty Free Irish Open with almost 100,000 people
attending, this bridge was vital in allowing traffic
to flow freely to this event."
Cathaoirleach of Inishowen Municipal District Cllr.
Martin Farren paid tribute to all those who
contributed to the construction of the new bridge
and acknowledged that for almost 40 years local
public representatives working with the local
community have called for a new bridge to replace
the narrow old one at Cockhill.
“I would like to commend everyone involved in the
construction of this new bridge, from the Consulting
Engineers, the building contractors, our own Council
staff and most importantly the land owners and local
residents and businesses who were so co-operative
throughout the construction period."