Christmas shoppers can avail of a new free parking promotion beginning December 5, Limerick City and County Council announced yesterday.
The initiative, which is set to run until December 23, will see a suspension of city street parking charges every morning up until 11:30am.
The daily promotion, backed by Limerick Chamber of Commerce, is primarily intended to encourage Christmas footfall in the city centre but will also extend to Abbeyfeale, Kilmallock and Newcastle West.
Speaking of the free parking initiative, Mayor of City and County of Limerick Cllr Kieran O’Hanlon said, “All the indications are that we are going to have one of the biggest Christmas shopping seasons ever in Limerick this year and we are doing all we can as a local authority to lay a big festive welcome on the mat for everyone coming into shop in the city and county.”
“This is something that will be welcomed by both retailers and shoppers alike and I would like to encourage everyone to shop local this Christmas and support your local businesses,” he said.
Limerick Chamber President Dr James Ring also welcomed the Christmas promotion saying: “The car parking initiative is a real boost. It sends out a strong welcoming signal to shoppers and one we expect them to avail of.”
A spokesperson for Limerick City and County Council said, “We are also encouraging people to sample the unique Christmas atmosphere in our county towns. The ‘free parking’ promotion will hopefully encourage more people to pop down to the shops and by supporting local businesses you are helping to sustain employment locally.”
The Christmas free parking promotion is just one of several initiatives designed to promote the local authority’s ‘Christmas in Limerick’ campaign.
*This article originally appeared in the 2016 edition of the Limerick Voice newspaper.