Kilkenny among top ten for highest parking revenues across the country

Figures: County ranked 9th nationwide based on its incomes from parking fines and charges

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Kilkenny among top ten for highest parking revenues across the country

Kilkenny comes in ninth overall

Kilkenny is in the top ten of the worst counties for parking fines/charges across the 31 local authorities, new figures have revealed.

Social Democrats TD, Catherine Murphy, asked the Minister for Housing, for the amount collected in parking fines in 2016 and 2017 by local authorities.

The figures reveal that Dublin topped the list with €37m from fines and charges with Cork a distant second with a revenue of €8.5m.

Kilkenny was ranked ninth in the country with an income of over €2.1m from parking. Other counties in the top ten were: Dun Laoghaire €6.7m; Galway €3.7m; Kerry €3.2m; Wexford €3m; Tipperary €2.9m; Waterford €2.3m.

Louth was ranked the tenth worst nationwide with a revenue of over €2.1m.

Minister of State at the Department of Housing, John Paul Phelan, said: “The Annual Financial Statement (AFS) of each local authority provides an analysis of their income from goods and services; these financial statements are produced at the local authority level and are not broken down to municipal district level.

"Analysis of Income from Goods and Services records Parking Fines/Charges as a single figure and does not separately identify the elements.”

Minister Phelan provided the 2016 income figures as they were the most recent year for which audited financial statements were available. He added the purpose for which this income is used is a matter for the elected members of the local authority.

Motorists appealed over 650 parking tickets issued by the Council in 2016 with over half of these successful, the Kilkenny People previously revealed.

It was also reported that the Council made over €1.4 million in profits in 2016 from parking charges in the city with over seventeen tickets issued on average every day.