The Ha'penny Bridge is one of the most enduring symbols of Dublin City. It's nearly 200 years old (1816) and a protected structure. In the last two year Dublin City Council have had to remove hundreds of padlocks from the bridge on two separate occasions. They are unsightly and cause damage.
On Saturday when I was walking over the bridge I heard two tourists complaining that someone had "removed all the love locks from the love lock bridge" I find it really upsetting that this beautiful structure has become nothing more that a hanging place for lumps of metal and that it's two hundred year history has been forgotten, it seems even it's name has been robbed! The two people in question were genuinely upset that the locks were removed and couldn't figure out why someone would have done such a thing!
I'm appealing to all visitors to the city and locals alike not to partake in this destructive practice. There is nothing romantic about your lock being cut off by a bolt cutter, is there?
I have some pictures of the locks and the damage done here: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjGxQrf5