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Minister visits controversial bridge

Ita Barry one of the oldest residents in Bruckless came especially out of hospital to meet Minister Varadker and witness the opening of the bridge. Also in the photograph are John McLaughlin and Cllrs. John Boyle and Noel McBride. 3003 INDP 9ab Varadker MVB.JPG

Ita Barry one of the oldest residents in Bruckless came especially out of hospital to meet Minister Varadker and witness the opening of the bridge. Also in the photograph are John McLaughlin and Cllrs. John Boyle and Noel McBride. 3003 INDP 9ab Varadker MVB.JPG

Despite reports that Minister Leo Varadkar would not visit a controversial bottleneck, this newspaper can confirm that he visited the bridge on Friday.

Fintra Bridge has been the subject of controversy for many years in that because of its width it operates a permanent “stop go” traffic flow. This bridge is also the only link to the substantial hinterland of South West Donegal and should anything happen the structure, access would be seriously impeded if not denied. It is a crucial link from both a tourism perspective and commercial traffic.

Earlier last week the Minister declined invitations to visit the bridge saying that “his diary was full”.

However, we can reveal that Minister Varadkar did in fact visit the bridge away from the media spotlight in the company of Cllr. John Boyle.

For full story see today’s edition of Donegal Democrat.

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