The week beginning on Monday 10 June saw local residents of Kilbarron Road taking part in a protest against the huge volume of congestion and parking in their streets.
The protest was organised by locals of Kilbarron Road because of the amount of cars parked in their cul-de-sac. The majority of these cars parked are from the staff of the nearby Beaumount Hospital. The residents have been forming a human blockade from 6.30am every morning with posters declaring “No Parking Here” making sure the area will be clear and accessible for emergency services and parking for the locals.
Beaumount Hospital offers parking but at a price, the problem the residents of Kilbarron Road have is the shear amount of cars parking in the cul-de-sac. It is hard to get in and out in a case of emergencies the Fire brigade or ambulance for example. Recently in one incident refuse workers refused to go into the cul-de-sac because of the lack of space for their vehicle.
Obviously we can understand the refusal by members of staff to pay for parking, but Kilbarron Road is no longer an option. This issue is something which we in eirigi will keep on supporting over the coming weeks and months.
éirígí Dublin Northeast representative Ciaran Heaphey, who has attended the protest during the week said: “I can understand the residents' anger on this issue. I have seen personally the amount of space taken up in the mornings by the Hospital staff and I believe from what I hear talking to residents it could endanger them if there was an accident or emergency. I was delighted to join the local community and we at éirígí will do whatever we can do highlight this issue.”