Written answers

Tuesday, 21 June 2022

Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

Parking Provision

Photo of Neasa HouriganNeasa Hourigan (Dublin Central, Green Party)
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187. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the guidelines or criteria that determine the level and type of parking allowed for events in the Phoenix Park. [31885/22]

Photo of Patrick O'DonovanPatrick O'Donovan (Limerick County, Fine Gael)
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The Office of Public Works accommodate the hosting of events in the Phoenix Park with over two and half thousand sporting and recreational events taking place annually in the Park. Due to its close proximity to the centre of Dublin, it has been host to a number of major events because of its scale. The Papal Visits of 1979 and 2018, soccer team homecomings and large-scale concerts are examples of such events. The finish of the Tour de France’s Irish stage was also held in The Phoenix Park. The Bloom horticultural shows are held annually at The Phoenix Park Visitor Centre. Many charity and community groups avail of the Park and hold various sports day and community days.

The guidelines for parking is specific to each event with organisers working with the OPW and An Gardaí Siochána to discuss their traffic management plans as a core element of their overall Event Management Plan. The event organisers will take into account the spaces available and will advise people attending to use sustainable transport, car pooling or buses. Road closure orders are usually in place for events.

In general, the OPW does not allow parking on grass. An exception is made for the Bloom Festival which due to its five day programme attracting a large number of people from across Ireland who purchase bulky items at the event. This requires additional parking which is managed by the event organisers. 

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