Dublin North West Fianna Fáil candidate Cllr Paul McAuliffe has urged Dublin City University to request students not to park their cars carelessly in neighbouring residential areas.
Cllr McAuliffe made his call after it emerged an ambulance was not able to immediately come to the aid of an elderly man recently because so many cars were parked on each side of a narrow residential road.
Cllr McAuliffe said: “I am liaising with residents, DCU, Dublin City Council and the Gardai on what is a ‘careless parking’ plague that is severely impacting DCU’s reputation in the community. Residents should not be swamped with bafly parked cars outside their properties every day. Cars parked in front of gates, on wheelchair ramps and on corners are common occurrences.
“This is inexcusable and must be addressed urgently, given the problem has progressively been getting worse every year. DCU has now more than 17,000 students overall. While I acknowledge DCU are encouragong students to use public transport, more needs to be done to encourage responsible parking.
“Some students are showing real contempt for householders by leaving their car outside homes throughout the day. Homeowners are also angry and frustrated that students ignore personal requests not to abandon their cars in their area. This is also having a major affect on deliveries and services to houses, as well as on visitors.
“DCU recently launched its five-year strategic plan and needs to have a positive partnership with local people into the future. I have met DCU President Prof. Brian MacCraith to discuss this crucial parking issue and he has responded positively. DCU needs to communicate to its students- as a priority- the need to respect the living spaces of those residing near the higher education institution, including many students who live near by also.” concluded McAuliffe.