Call for no parking fees at city docks while coronavirus test centre is running

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A City Councillor is calling for the suspension all parking fees at the docks as long as the coronavirus test centre is operational there.

The Irish Navy has docked the LÉ William Butler Yeats at the Port of Galway to set up a Covid-19 coronavirus test centre.

Members of the defence forces has set up tents along the docks since the weekend to increase the HSE’s capacity to test for cases in Galway City.

City Councillor Alan Cheevers has said that the Port of Galway should suspend parking charges at the docks so long as this test centre is operational.

“I believe we need to see this gesture from port authority while the test centre is operational,” councillor Cheevers said, adding that he doesn’t believe people should be charged for parking while getting tested for Covid-19.

The Fianna Fáil councillor said that he has contacted Chief Executive of the city council Brendan McGrath about this matter, and asked him to raise it with the CEO of the Port of Galway. 

Galway Harbour Company has two car parks in the Port of Galway, with a combined total of 140 parking spaces.

They charge and hourly rate of €2, or a daily rate of €8.