Disabled parking needed in Marian Avenue for big matches in Portlaoise

MATCH day crowds are causing traffic problems for certain residents of Marian Avenue, according to Cllr Alan Hand - although Cllr Matthew Keegan wryly observed that it won’t be Laois supporters causing the problems this year.

MATCH day crowds are causing traffic problems for certain residents of Marian Avenue, according to Cllr Alan Hand - although Cllr Matthew Keegan wryly observed that it won’t be Laois supporters causing the problems this year.

Cllr Hand put forward a proposal at the recent council meeting for disabled parking spaces to be provided at Marian Avenue, having been contacted by elderly residents of the area.

“On match day at O’Moore Park, people park their cars all over the place and people in that estate are being hemmed in,” he said.

“I’ve never heard that,” interjected Cllr Catherine Fitzgerald. “I’ve never heard a complaint from residents. I use a disabled sticker myself in Marian Avenue.”

“Well, someone came to me,” replied Cllr Hand. “That’s why it’s on the agenda.”

Cllr Caroline Dwane said that she had a relative in Marian Avenue who was disabled and they would love to have a disabled bay.

“It’s very much a reality,” she said, adding that Tullamore Town Council have put in disabled parking bays in housing estates.

With a tongue-in-cheek allusion to the fortunes of local football, Cllr Matthew Keegan observed: “Well, it won’t be Laois GAA supporters blocking up the road this year.”

In a reply from Pat Delaney of the roads department, it was said that Marian Avenue is a residential area and there would not usually be specific requirements for the provision of disabled parking spaces. However, a commitment was given to review the situation.