Cat and dog on the street knows some permit holders are not residents

Age-friendly and 15-minute parking bays were introduced as part of the safe streets initiative

HAVOC is being caused on the streets of Killarney by some individuals who have residents’ parking permits despite the fact that they are not actually residents at all, it has been highlighted.

People are in possession of permits even though everybody knows that they are not living at or near where they are parking their cars, for hours on end, every day, Cllr Niall Kelleher told a meeting of Killarney Municipal District Council.

“Why have we issued residents’ permits to people that we know, everybody knows, the cat and dog on the street knows, are not residents?” he asked.

Cllr Kelleher said the official application process states that permits can only be issued to persons who actually reside on the street where the parking disc applies.

“When it’s public information that they are not residents, I am very much opposed to it,” he added.

Cllr Niall Kelleher: “Some of the individuals are the first to be blowing about what we’re doing right and wrong”

Cllr Kelleher said age-friendly parking bays and 15-minute parking spots were introduced as part of the response to the Covid-19 safe streets initiative.

“That was done so that people can get in and out of our town but to see individuals who have those permits parking all day in a 15-minute bay is a slap on the face of the executive and the elected members.

“And do you know what, some of those individuals are the first and foremost to be blowing about what we’re doing right and what we’re doing wrong,” he said.

Cllr Kelleher, who is also President of Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce, insisted that it is not acceptable that the people of Killarney are suffering and the town is suffering because of the actions of the people involved who are abusing the situation.

Cllr Niall O’Callaghan: Could go to town on the issue if he wanted to

He has called for the issue relating to residents’ parking permits to be included on the agenda for an urgently needed meeting to discuss the parking bye-laws.

“When will it be back before the members of this council? Tomorrow is too late. Yesterday was too late,” he stated.

Cllr Niall O’Callaghan said he totally agreed with Cllr Kelleher and he said he is embarrassed that the matter has not been resolved.

“I could really go to town on this if I wanted to and I can’t wait to see the bye-laws come before us,” he said.

Council officials said a county car parking strategy is nearing completion and it will be brought for attention of councillors at the earliest opportunity.

No new residents’ permits have been issued in Killarney this year and existing permits have been extended until the new bye-laws are in place.

Cllr Kelleher insisted: “When people are not residents and it is known that they are not residents and it is public information that they are not residents, the council should be dealing with that”.

He was assured that the bye-laws will be strengthened in relation to the matter.