Square Shopping Center introduces new parking rates

Square Tallaght Shopping Center has introduced new parking rates for customers.

The announcement of the new fees comes after Liffey Valley Shopping Center revealed it would introduce parking fees in time for Christmas

Prior to the changes, shoppers in The Square had two hours of free parking, with the third hour costing €2.

However, the new fees, which came into effect on Saturday September 10, will be fully paid and ticketless.

The new system will use vehicle registration capture to replace physical tickets, with new fares and payment options.

Center operators said the system is being put in place to meet current challenges and ensure the car park and center are fit for purpose.

The new rates mean that all visits up to three hours will cost €1, while any visit longer than three hours will cost €2 per hour, with the maximum daily price being €30.

The mall operator said a “significant” number of vehicles were taking advantage of customer parking to access businesses not located in the mall.

The new system will provide more parking spaces for customers and the center’s parking and facilities will be improved in the coming months, according to the center.

Staff parking rates remain unchanged at €100 per year in two instalments, less than 30 cents per day.

The Square said the ticketless system would also save the printing of more than 4.5 million tickets per year.

Fianna Fail councilor for the area, Trevor Gilligan, said he was “disappointed” by the operator’s decision to introduce parking charges, but acknowledged the price was reasonable.

“The increase is not as big as Liffey Valley,” he says.

“I request management to waive parking fees for staff members in the mall.”

“Call it what you want, it’s just another tax on staff and workers,” he says.

“Planning regulations and guidelines need to change as the planning department is focusing on charging for parking.

“I understand that there is a push towards using public transport, but the infrastructure and public transport for a lot of workers just isn’t there and until the infrastructure is in place, it’s it’s just a hidden tax on workers.”

Gilligan said fees should also be waived for moviegoers, saying the extra cost would lead to a “huge reduction in cinema attendance”.

“People will either find movie theaters with free parking or just stay home and watch Netflix or Disney+,” he said.

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