Ballintemple’s red card for match day parking

Ballintemple’s red card for match day parking

Wayward parking — coinciding with the Cork footballers’ match against the Rossies in Páirc Uí Rinn — included instances of cars parked in a cycle lane, and on double yellow lines, on the Skehard Road. Picture: Peter Horgan/Twitter

WAYWARD parking irked Ballintemple residents this afternoon as Cork’s final match of the Super 8s took place against Roscommon at Páirc Uí Rinn.

Local man Niall Buckley tweeted that there was “horrendous” parking in the Ballintemple area as the gaelic football match was being played.

Mr Buckley said on Twitter that he feared emergency vehicles would struggle to get through certain areas should they be needed.

Mr Buckley said the behaviour of motorists who abandoned their cars in cycle lanes and on grassy areas as well as on double yellow lines and entrances was going to lead to a serious incident in the area.

The parking situation was not helped by the poor weather on Sunday afternoon, making matchgoers less likely to park further away and walk to the grounds.

Labour Party local area representative Peter Horgan said he had been in contact with the Gardaí in relation to the issue and members of the force were deployed to the area.

Mr Horgan also tweeted a picture of a number of cars abandoned in a cycle lane at the top of Skehard Road.

Speaking to The Echo, Mr Horgan said that he has been calling for a large event committee to be formed to ensure communication across all sections for match days and concerts.

“I think there should be representatives from the community, representatives from sport, a City Council official and the organisers on a regular basis, on a quarterly basis,” he said.

Mr Horgan — who is the local area representative for the Labour Party in the South East Ward of Cork City Council — said this was the only way for residents and locals to gain confidence in the system in place to deal with such issues as illegal parking during matches.

“Last term, councillors were regularly kept out of the loop for big events. This is something that just needs to be done in the long term to make sure that everyone has confidence in a traffic management system,” he said.

Parking issues on matchdays has long been a bone of contention in the area.

Last year, councillors hit out at motorists who ignore parking laws when matches are being played at nearby Páirc Uí Chaoimh, and there were calls for the Cork County Board of the GAA to appear before Cork City Council to explain their traffic management plans.

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