Quarter of Council parking revenue comes from Killorglin

Marisa Reidy

MOTORISTS in Killorglin appear to be among the worst offenders in the county for illegal parking, according to figures published by the local authority this week.

Excluding Killarney, Listowel and Tralee - which come under the control of their respective town councils - Killorglin town accounted for 27 per cent of all revenue received from parking fines over the past five years.

Figures show that between 2008 and 2013, €96,690 was collected from parking fines in Killorglin - an average of €19,338 per annum. Dingle comes in a close second, with an average of €89,332 being collected annually.

The figures, which were released at the request of Cllr Brendan Cronin and Cllr Michael Cahill, examine the revenue collected in Kenmare, Castleisland, Dingle, Ballybunion, Killorglin and Cahersiveen within the five year period, which amounted to a total of €357,404.

In Kenmare, the total revenue collected from fines was €49,118; In Castleisland the figure was €54,244; Cahersiveen fines totalled €41,060, while Ballybunion accounted for just 7.5 per cent of the total, at €26,960.

But while revenue from parking fines amounts to just €71,480 annually, Kerry County Council spends €370,000 per annum on employing traffic wardens in the six towns. The money received from fines goes towards paying this cost, while the balance comes from the council's own resources, a spokesperson confirmed.


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