CBS land ‘attractive’ for train station car parking

Ministerial visit to Portlaoise Railway Station: Alan Kelly TD Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, with responsibility for Public and Commuter transport visited Portlaoise Railway Station by invitation of Portlaoise Town Council on Thursday last to examine the current situation regarding the shortage of car parking spaces for commuters there. (l/r) John O'Mahony (Chairman Portlaoise Labour Party) Cllr. KathleenO'Brien (Vice Chair Portlaoise Town Council) Cllr.Catherine Fitzgerald (Cathaoirleach Portlaoise Town Council) Minister Alan Kelly TD, Senator John Whelan, Ray Delaney, Station Manager and Denis Tierney, Station Controller.  Photo: Tim Keane.
PORTLAOISE Town Council have requested a meeting with the trustees of the Christian Brothers School in Portlaoise, to discuss the use of their land for car parking at the railway station.

PORTLAOISE Town Council have requested a meeting with the trustees of the Christian Brothers School in Portlaoise, to discuss the use of their land for car parking at the railway station.

Proposing the motion at the recent town council meeting, mayor of Portlaoise, Cllr Catherine Fitzgerald said that on his recent visit to the county, Minister Alan Kelly remarked that the land looked very attractive for use as car parking.

“It’s one of the best sites we could see, we have a very limited number of sites,” she said.

“It would be a fantastic site,” she continued. “We have a fantastic service of trains and we want to keep those trains.”

Cllr Caroline Dwane pointed out that there is a multi-storey car park only two or three minutes away from the railway station and on any given day it is largely empty.

“That’s another option,” agreed Cllr Fitzgerald.

Cllr Willie Aird supported the call for the council to meet with the trustees, but he said they should first talk to the Christian Brothers themselves.