THE number of streets subject to parking restrictions around Croke Park is to be more than tripled.
At the moment, 13 streets around the GAA stadium have a maximum two-hour parking time, instead of the usual three-hour period.
However, Dublin City Council wants to bring 29 more streets into the zone, bringing the overall number to 42.
If, as expected, the plan is passed, the restricted area will be bounded by -- but not include -- Whitworth Road, Botanic Road, the Tolka River and Drumcondra Road Lower.
The move would be bad news for match and concert goers, though members of the local community are in favour.
In a report, the council stated: "Residents of streets in the vicinity of Croke Park have experienced difficulties arising from the parking of vehicles on residential streets during major events in Croke Park. They have repeatedly expressed concerns to the council in this regard."
In response, the council has ensured that the maximum parking time is two hours for pay & display machines installed near Croke Park since February, 2007.
"It is considered that the two hour maximum parking time deters event-goers from parking in these streets. A total of 13 streets in this area now have a maximum two-hour parking time," it stated.
The council now proposes to extend the restrictions.
Councillors were discussing the issue at the local authority's central area committee.
It follows the decision by City Hall not to proceed with the Parking Control for Major Event (Croke Park) Bye-Laws.
The bye-laws had sought to bring in a parking ban for non-residents within a wide area surrounding the stadium. The scheme would have applied on big match days or when the stadium acted as a concert venue.
Also contained in the now defunct proposals was a provision for a 'major event visitor's parking permit' allowing people visiting houses within the restricted zone to park. Each household within the cordon was to be allowed one permit.
If the bye-laws had been implemented, concert and match goers would have had to find parking outside the restricted area. The prohibition was to be introduced in the Croke Park area at first but it could have been extended to other large venues such as Lansdowne Road and the RDS. Residents living near Croke Park have been forced to park some distance from their own homes on match days because of the influx of cars.