Cathal Dunne wrote:What in God's name do we need another bridge for? DCC have a weird fetish for bridges, they can't stop building them over our lovely Liffey. Surely an existing bridge can be widened to accommodate whatever new transportation scheme they have planned or it could be put underwater. At this rate the Liffey will disappear under a thicket of bridges by 2020.
I decided to test your suggestion; here is a graph of the number of bridges, plotted against time: you can see it is remarkably linear, I pretend to do regression and find the line plotted
which tells us that in 2020 there will be 18 bridges, which is actually the number we have today (*) and predicts this new proposed bridge will not be built. The rash of bridge building we see now is only a catch up for the "big gap" from 1900 until the 1980s, visible on the graph: you can also see the famine.
(*) I included everything from the Sarah bridge east, but left off the Liffey Bridge, for which Wikipedia has no date.