Tuesday, August 01, 2017

By Darragh Kelly

Roscommon GAA supporters who had their cars wrongly clamped at Boyle Railway Station are to have their clamping fees reimbursed.

Iarnród Éireann spokeswoman Jane Cregan confirmed to the Roscommon Herald there were issues with the ‘park by text’ service in operation at Boyle Train Station on Friday . As a consequence, vehicles wrongfully clamped at Boyle Rail Station on Sunday which should not have been. She said motorists affected would be contacted directly by NCPS, the company operating the service on behalf of Iarnrod Eireann.

Senator Frank Feighan said he had contacted the company about the issue and hadbeen told the matter would be resolved to the satisfaction of the affected car-owners who discovered their vehiclesclamped after returning from the Roscommon-Mayo game in Croke Park on Sunday.

“Irish Rail said that not only will it reimburse the motorists but it will apologise to their five customers,” said Mr Feighan.

He said this was an opportune time for the rail company to reconsider the use of paid parking at Boyle station. “There are many other similar-sized towns along both the Sligo and Westport lines which do not have paid parking in place. I think paid parking at the station in Boyle is not only bad PR for the town but also for Irish Rail,” he said.

“Separately, I have also raised concerns about Roscommon supporters in Boyle who pr-ebooked seats on the Boyle-Dublin train for last Sunday’s game only to find there were no seats available to sit on for the journey.”

The Iarnród Éireann spokesperson told the Roscommon Herald that Boyle has had significant upgrading in recent years and paid parking was introduced to maintain the current car-parking infrastructure.

The company said confirmed that more than 4,000 passengers, the majority of whom were Roscommon and Mayo supporters, used their services from Sligo and Westport on Sunday. The company also reported heavy usage of its Maynooth commuter service, where a park-and-ride system operated.

Meanwhile, fans attending next week’s quarter-final replay have been urged to be vigilant as it emerged that supporters were pick-pocketed in Dublin on Sunday. Roscommon GAA was told a number of people had their pockets picked at Heuston Station as they made their way to the Luas for the matchRoscommon Mayo All Ireland Quarter Final.

“We would warn people to be careful with their belongings and to ensure that their money and tickets are not left on display,” said county board PRO Hugh Lynn.

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