Dublin's newest bridge opened to traffic just before Christmas. Named in honour of Samuel Beckett, one of the capital's most famous sons, and designed by internationally renowned architect Santiago Calatrava, the 120 metre long bridge spans the river Liffey, from Guild Street beside the new National Convention Centre on the north side, to Sir John Rogerson's Quay near Macken Street on the south side.

Although the bridge opened ahead of schedule, it was commissioned by Dublin City Council over ten years ago. Since then it has been mired in controversy. In 1998 its projected cost was