Our Lady of Lourdes hospital named as most expensive hospital car park in Ireland

Patients and visitors to the Louth hospital fork out a maximum charge of €40 per day

Tia Clarke

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Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital

Our Lady of Lourdes hospital in Drogheda

Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital charges the most for on-site parking in Ireland - sick patients and visitors have to fork a maximum charge of €40 per day. 

A report on carried out by the Irish Cancer Society revealed that the hospital, which many people in Dundalk and the surrounding areas rely on, charges €4 per hour, €15 for 4 hours, and a maximum charge of €40 per day. 

Cork University Hospital and St James's Hospital, Dublin were both the second most expensive in the country with maximum charges of €15 per day. 

The report also revealed that patients and their visitors pay over €1 million a month in parking figures and that hospitals run by the HSE collected almost €13m in a one year period from parking charges. 

The report was published by the Irish Cancer Society in conjunction with a petition calling for the charges to be scrapped for cancer patients and their families. The public petition has currently been signed by more than 3,300 people. 

The Irish Cancer Society said: "Cancer patients are paying up to €63 a week in car parking charges. Our ‘Park the Charges’ report highlights the financial burden of car parking on patients and their families. We are asking the HSE to issue guidelines to hospitals so that all people undergoing cancer treatment receive free car parking."

For more information see: www.cancer.ie/advocacy/current-campaigns/park-the-charges