Saturday 24 March 2018

Judge lets Cork coroner off parking fine charge

The parking fine was quashed
The parking fine was quashed

Ralph Riegel and Olivia Kelleher

A CORONER successfully got a parking fine quashed after he complained that local authority vehicles parked in the same spot were rarely ticketed.

Cork County Coroner Frank O'Connell had the parking fine struck out after he said he had only parked outside an office he owns on Grand Parade for a few minutes in order to remove some rubbish.

Mr O'Connell parked his car on a footway at the Grand Parade on July 13, 2013 shortly before 10am.

He told Judge James O'Connor that there "wasn't a sinner" in the city centre at the time, as it was so early.

He told the court that library vehicles and other council vans were routinely parked on the footway outside the library.

Defence solicitor Joe Cuddigan submitted numerous photographs showing council vehicles parked on the same spot. Traffic Warden Adrian Barrett, who issued the ticket, said he would have no compunction about fining a vehicle owned by a local authority if it was parked on the same spot.

Judge O'Connor dismissed the fines, saying Mr O'Connell was "a decent man" who was doing a small bit of business which lasted only a few minutes.

Irish Independent

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