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Car park operator 'regrets' three-hour delays for shoppers trying to exit Ilac Centre

There were reports of frustrated Christmas shoppers abandoning their cars due to the severe delays
Some drivers abandoned their cars due to the massive delays

Some drivers abandoned their cars due to the massive delays

Tony McCullagh

The operators of a Dublin city centre car park are looking at ways to stop long delays during busy periods in the run-up to Christmas.

Higher than normal traffic volumes saw some motorists stuck for more than three hours when trying to exit the Ilac Centre car park over the weekend, it has been claimed.

There were reports of frustrated Christmas shoppers abandoning their cars due to the severe delays.

It is believed that heavy traffic congestion on Parnell Street seriously restricted the number of cars that could exit the multi-storey car park.

The Dublin City Council-owned car park is leased to Park Rite, who said it regretted the inconvenience caused.

Dublin Street Parking Services (DSPS) said heavier than usual traffic levels in the vicinity of the Ilac Centre tends to only happen at weekends in December.

Asked about plans to resolve the issue for car park users in the future, the company said it was involved in talks with business group Dublin Town and all relevant traffic management.

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