Gardai have been accused of carrying out a “quota filling” exercise by ticketing illegally parked cars during a funeral
GARDAI have been accused of carrying out a “quota filling” exercise by ticketing illegally parked cars during a funeral in Limerick at the weekend.
According to mourners who contacted the Limerick Leader, a number of cars which were either parked on double-yellow lines or on a footpath in the city were issued with Fixed Charge Penalty Notices at around 8pm on Saturday.
A number of the car-owners, including one with apparent mobility issues, were attending a removal service at Thompson Funeral Home at the time.
“They could have handled it better. It was done in the view of people who were waiting to express sympathy with a grieving family,” said Mike Cusack from County Clare who contacted the Leader to express his concerns.
A number of the offending vehicles were parked at Fox’s Bow and at least one person who was inside the funeral home returned to their car having been alerted by another mourner who was queuing outside.
“A lot of people in the queue were talking about it and some expressed their disgust that no consideration was given to the circumstances involved. There was a view that it was a quota-filling exercise,” said Mr Cusack.
“They (the gardai) made no effort to communicate with the mourners who were queuing to see if any of the drivers were present and to ask them to move their cars,” he added.
It’s not known if the gardai, who were travelling in an unmarked patrol car, were responding to a specific complaint about the parked cars or if they happened to arrive in the area around the time of the removal.
The Leader has learned there have been a number of incidents of illegally parked cars causing difficulties at Fox’s Bow in recent weeks.
Gardai have been contacted for comment.