Councillors clash over failure to make bridge safe for pedestrians
The state of Cockhill Bridge led to heated and at times angry exchanges at Monday’s Buncrana Town Council meeting.
Sinn Féin’s Ciaran McLaughlin said that the failure to provide a safe crossing for pedestrians using the bridge represented “35 years of failure from Buncrana Town Council, Donegal County Council and successive governments”.
“I would love to see [Minister] Leo Varadkar push a pram over Cockhill Bridge, or walk a child over it,” Cllr McLaughlin said.
“Clonmany and Newtown have put footbridges in place, and fair play to them, but it’s a disgrace that nothing has been done for Cockhill.
“Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael governments have failed the people who use that bridge.
“If Donegal County Council won’t fund a footbridge, the community will.”
Cllr Nicholas Crossan said that one Sinn Féin councillor had sat on Donegal County Council for eight years and another for 15 years without addressing Cockhill Bridge, a comment that provoked an angry response from Cllr McLaughlin.