Vandalism to Mary Elmes Bridge will cost around €2,500 to repair and as the work is not deemed essential, it cannot be fixed until level five restrictions have been lifted.
Last week the city’s newest pedestrian and cycle bridge, which links MacCurtain Street and the Victorian Quarter to Merchants Quay, was vandalised.
Glass panelling was smashed, architectural steel was damaged and broken glass and debris was left along the bridge.
Speaking about the act of vandalism, Lord Mayor Joe Kavanagh said it was an “absolute disgrace.”
Mr Kavanagh said that the majority of Cork’s citizens were immensely proud of the bridge and of Cork’s public realm, but unfortunately it takes a small minority to ruin things for everyone.
The Lord Mayor said a lot of people were very annoyed by the damage caused to the bridge and said he had requested additional Garda patrols of the area to prevent further such incidents.
“I have asked Gardaí to increase cycle patrols on the bridge and to monitor the area,” Mr Kavanagh said.