A former Lord Mayor of Cork City has described the fact that someone defecated on St Patrick’s Bridge as an insult to Cork.
Cllr Chris O’Leary (SF) was walking over the bridge this morning when he noticed human faeces on the footpath and down one of the pillars.
This comes just days after the bridge was officially reopened following a €1.2 million repair and rehabilitation project.
“I felt sick and I’m very disappointed that someone would go to such lengths to insult the city,” said Cllr O’Leary.
“Whoever did this is basically sticking two fingers up at Cork.
“I couldn’t believe it when I saw it first, it’s very disappointing after Saturday’s launch when the bridge looked so well,” he added.
“It’s disgusting and revolting and I hope we can get the CCTV footage of the incident to apprehend whoever was responsible.
“I think they should be prosecuted and it would be very interesting to hear what they have to say for themselves in court.
“They should be given community service work picking up rubbish across the city as punishment.
“This was an intentional and hugely offensive act and the person needs to be found and prosecuted.”
As part of the extensive repair project, Cumnor Construction cleaned, repointed and repaired the stonework on the 19th century heritage bridge.
Specialist repair and restoration work was undertaken on the bridge’s lamp columns and additional damaged lamp columns, that were found in storage, were refurbished and put in place.
The bridge’s footpaths and carriageway surfacing were also replaced and new road markings put in place.
Existing traffic lights, elevation and architectural lighting and signage were all upgraded.