Monday 24 September 2018

Council aware of 'dodgy clamping tactics' two years before probe, claims Flynn

Among the concerns raised was that motorists were clamped where there was no or inadequate road markings. Stock Image
Among the concerns raised was that motorists were clamped where there was no or inadequate road markings. Stock Image

Conor McCrave

Dublin City Council knew about dodgy clamping tactics years before investigating them, a councillor has claimed.

Protected disclosures made by two employees of Dublin Street Parking Services (DSPS) to the council early in 2017 prompted an investigation.

Among the concerns raised was that motorists were clamped where there was no or inadequate road markings.DSPS, which has a parking enforcement contract with DCC, has told the council it denies any wrongdoing.

Green Party councillor Ciarán Cuffe revealed details of the claims this week. However, Independent councillor Mannix Flynn has claimed the council was made aware of the concerns two years previous to launching an investigation and failed to take action.

"They employees were really concerned and contacted me. They told me what was going on and asked how to go about a disclosure," he said, adding that he relayed their concerns to council executives.

"Instead they buried their head in the sand," he added. "I'm surprised that it has taken that long for this to emerge and that is the scandal itself."

The council had not responded to a request for comment at the time of going to print.

Irish Independent

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