WITh the busiest shopping weekend of the year upon us, shoppers have been warned against parking in the estates around the Crescent Shopping Centre - or face a €150 fine.
Often when the Dooradoyle shopping centre’s free car park is full, cars pile into the neighbouring estates.
But residents have warned that Christmas shoppers could face an “expensive shopping trip” if they do park there.
In a week where city church-goers have fallen foul of clampers, residents of Dooradoyle estates have warned Christmas shoppers of an “expensive shopping trip” if they park away from the shopping centre.
Limerick Leader St Paul’s notes correspondent Jim Sadlier writes this week: “The Dooradoyle Park management has notices appended in several places in the estate. On payment of €150 the clamp will be removed. In nearby Cois Luachra the parking of Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) is prohibited. Take note also that there is also clamping of vehicles at the Marshall House car par if they are not meant to be there.”
Meanwhile, city south Fine Gael councillor Maria Byrne has paid tribute to St Joseph’s Church parish priest Fr Tom Mangan, who helped residents hit by steep parking fines pay them off.
There was anger after Monday night’s carol service in the church when motorists were clamped, after they parked in the neighbouring private car park at Wellington Terrace.
With many residents unable to pay, or access a cash point so late in the evening, Fr Mangan stumped up half the cost for many parishioners.
“It was no fault of the people who attended the concert. They arrived in the dark and left in the dark, so they would not have been made aware of this new system. I can understand how upset Fr Mangan was, and it was very good of him to pay money towards it,” she told the Limerick Leader this week.
Cllr Byrne said she can understand the actions of the private property owner in enforcing their right to a private car park space.
But she feels parishioners should have had more warning.
“It is unfortunate, but I do understand it is private property and people have the right to protect their property. It is a pity a warning sign was not put up warning this was coming into effect,” she said.
The manager of the clamping firm PJR Services, Paddy Ryan, sympathised with the seven motorists affected, but added: “It is private property. They would not like someone to come in and park in their drive, and go away leaving their car there. Private property is private property 24/7.”
One businessman - who did not wish to be identified- added: “We are as vulnerable as the ordinary people who have been clamped. They allow brief customer parking, but this is it.”
More than 300 people overall attended the service in St Joseph’s, which saw choirs from local schools and churches perform Christmas carols. Don Phelan, Boherbuoy Band also performed.