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€15m Liffey bridge will go ahead -- Varadkar

WORK will start on a new €15m bridge across the Liffey this year despite the financial crisis.

Transport Minister Leo Varadkar said the bridge, linking Marlborough Street to Hawkins Street in Dublin city centre, will be built.

The structure, to be located just downstream of O'Connell Bridge, will carry buses as well as the Luas and cyclists.

It is to be paid for as part of the Public Transport Capital Expenditure programme for 2011.

Mr Varadkar made the revelation at a Select Committee Meeting on Environment, Transport, Culture and the Gaeltacht.

The project was due to begin in late 2009 but was delayed as a result of funding concerns.

It is hoped the bridge will transform a neglected area of the capital, opening up new retail opportunities.

The project will incorporate flood protection walls, which double up as public seating and planters for flower displays.