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Call for Páirc Uí Chaoimh management to release traffic plan ahead of tomorrow's final

PÁIRC Uí Chaoimh management is being urged to release their traffic and mobility plans ahead of tomorrow’s Munster football final.

The call comes from local councillor Terry Shannon, who said that residents living near the arena have put up with parking chaos in recent weeks. Tomorrow’s match between Cork and Kerry clashes with a sold out concert at Live at the Marquee, escalating fears of further chaos in the area.

While traffic restrictions are in place near the stadium on matchdays, this has pushed cars further out to Ballinlough, Boreenmanna Road and Well Road, with dozens of vehicles abandoned on green areas and parked illegally throughout estates in this area.

Stadium management met with City Hall officials earlier this week to iron out issues.

However, Mr Shannon said: “It was a box-ticking exercise, there was no real information given.

“The attitude has been an absolute disgrace when it comes to matches.

“Aiken Promotions bought into a plan for the Ed Sheeran concerts and there were no issues as a result because there was shuttle buses, extra gardaí. The Páirc management have not shown the same interest.”

Mr Shannon has demanded that a full traffic and mobility plan is published ahead of tomorrow’s game, with tensions growing between residents and stadium management.

He said that a repeat of the scenes during the Cork v Tipperary game in recent weeks is completely unacceptable.

“This isn’t Limerick fans or Kerry fans causing problems; it is regular match goers who have their favoured spots,” he said.

“Gardaí handed out 90 fines at the last game and a couple of cars were towed but it hasn’t made a difference.

“If you go to matches at Croke Park or the Aviva, you cannot park next to it. It is blocked off. Why should that be any different in Cork?”

Fellow local representative Des Cahill said he is ‘confident’ that the event control plan will ease the issues.

“Cork GAA are very conscious of their neighbourhood and I am pleased that they are continuing to take proactive steps with crowd control and traffic management. With a bumper crowd expected, some congestion is naturally expected.”

Mr Cahill noted that local clubs, including Blackrock Hurling Club and Cork Constitution, are offering parking in their grounds and encouraged people to take advantage of these spaces, easing issues for those living locally.