€1,248 unpaid parking tickets

A MAN who racked up €1,248 in unpaid parking fees and later failed to turn up in court had his application to extend time to pay his fine rejected last week by Judge Catherine Staines.

A MAN who racked up €1,248 in unpaid parking fees and later failed to turn up in court had his application to extend time to pay his fine rejected last week by Judge Catherine Staines.

The District Court heard from solicitor, Mr Declan Breen that Stephen Hogan, assistant manager at Gamestop, Lyster Square, Portlaoise, had three unpaid tickets and had failed to appear in court to address the fines at a previous court sitting. Hogan told Judge Staines that he normally would put a valid ticket on his car when parked outside his work and he admitted that he had forgotten to pay the fines. Judge Staines was not impressed.

“He didn’t put a ticket on his car, he didn’t pay the fines and he didn’t even turn up in court,” she said, remarking that if he had only put a €2 ticket on his car he wouldn’t have been fined.

Rejecting his application for more time to pay, Judge Staines told Hogan: “The County Council go to the trouble of issuing a fixed penalty notice and you don’t even turn up in court.”