No free parking for council

Councillors were forced to pay the full carparking rate of 40 cent per hour when they attended a meeting at Ardee Castle yesterday (Monday).

Councillors were forced to pay the full carparking rate of 40 cent per hour when they attended a meeting at Ardee Castle yesterday (Monday).

In a memo sent to County Councillors who would be in attendance at the meeting, Louth County Council advised: “Please note that Pay parking is in operation in Ardee. – 40 cent per hour – max two hour parking.

“Parking for a limited number of vehicles will be available in Muldoon’s car park - Tierney Street

“Free parking at the rear of Supervalue on Ash Walk. Four hour parking is available in the Bridge Card park again at 40 cent per hour.”

Yet the memo also seems to suggest that councillors weren’t too happy about the prospect of spending 40 cent per hour on carparking for the event.

“In response to a number of queries in this matter there is no concession available to members or staff in regard to the parking.”

The Dundalk Democrat contacted Louth County Council and inquired if councillors had sought concessions.

The council responded by saying: “There have been no formal requests for concessions in regard to same to me as Meetings Administrator.”

We put it to the council that the memo had suggested as much, to which the council replied: “Queries were in relation to parking – concessions was for clarity. All will be paying the 40cent per hour.”