Blood bank vehicles allowed park on Main Street for free

Carrick-on-Suir Town Council allowed two Irish Blood Transfusion Service vehicles to park on the town’s Main Street for free when a blood donations clinic took place in The Carraig Hotel last week.

Carrick-on-Suir Town Council allowed two Irish Blood Transfusion Service vehicles to park on the town’s Main Street for free when a blood donations clinic took place in The Carraig Hotel last week.

Last September, controversy erupted in the town after parking tickets were issued to two IBTS vehicles parked outside The Carraig Hotel on Main Street while a blood donations clinic was taking place in the hotel.

The decision by Town Council management to fine the IBTS was widely criticised and was even opposed by the traffic warden directed to issue the fines.

Carrick-on-Suir Business Association initially stepped in to resolve the controversy.

It reached agreement with the Town Council that one IBTS vehicle be allowed park for free on Main Street on blood clinic days with COSBA footing the bill for other blood service vehicles in a nearby car park.

But following a heated debate at the October Town Council meeting, Town Clerk Michael O’Brien agreed to write to the IBTS outlining the Council would consider allocating free parking spaces to its vehicles that for “compelling logistical reasons” required to be parked on Main Street.

The IBTS ran a blood donations clinic in The Carraig Hotel last Wednesday, April 10 and Town Manager Pat Slattery confirmed that two IBTS vehicles were allowed park outside the hotel for free because the IBTS notified the Town Council in advance of the clinic.

Mr Slattery said the Council hadn’t any difficulty allowing IBTS vehicles park on Main Street for free as long as it informed the Council in advance that it required the parking spaces while it was running a blood clinic.

This hadn’t happened in the past and Mr Slattery believed this lack of communication was at the root of the problem that arose.