PODCAST: Outrage in Carrick over car-parking fiasco

Plans to reduce the amount of on-street car parking in Carrick-on-Shannon are being strongly opposed by a number of local businesses.

Yesterday’s meeting of Carrick municipal district heard the decision had already been made to remove spaces from various streets in the town centre.

But a new car park, with 105 spaces, will be developed in Flynn’s Field.

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Yet three businessmen – Martin Kelly, Brendan Kieran and Michael Masterson – told Eoghan Murphy after the meeting why they oppose the reduction of on-street car parking.

Mr Kelly first gave his thoughts.

Several councillors expressed reservations about the removal of car-parking spaces, but council officials insist they themselves approved such a plan last month.

But Independent councillor Des Guckian believes the decision can be reversed, despite official saying otherwise.