Remedial work has begun on Buncrana’s Castle Bridge to repair the erosion, which followed the floods of last August.

Speaking to Donegal Now, Buncrana councillor, Jack Murray (Sinn Féin) said the state of Castle Bridge had caused “real concern” in the local community.

Cllr Murray said: “There has been real concern in the local community, particularly those with a love for local history, regarding the damage caused to Castle Bridge.

“There was a real urgency to repair the structure for fear that it could subside. This is an issue which I have consistently raised as part of the wider campaign to restore Swan Park.

“It is absolutely vital that Castle Bridge is repaired because if it was to collapse, we would never be able to bring back what was once there.

“While recent developments are extremely welcome, it is however, a one step as part of a wider project. We still need funding to restore the entirety of Swan Park. It has lay in ruin for far, far too long.”

Independent councillor Nicholas Crossan welcomed the remedial work.

Cllr Crossan said: “The remedial work currently being carried on Castle Bridge by Donegal County Council, on behalf of the Office pf Public Works (OPW), is to be welcomed, as it will prevent the occurrence of further erosion.

“It is timely that the funding for this work has become available, as it will protect the bridge in the event of another flooding incident. The spring tides over the next few days and the low level of the river will make the remedial work easier to carry out.”

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