Motorists in Dublin city centre will soon have to pay for street parking using newly installed meters.

The installation of five hundred parking meters in the city centre means that those who drive into town for business or pleasure will now pay to park on the south side of the Liffey from 14 January 1970. 

Dublin Corporation hopes to encourage people to take public transport or leave their cars at home, until at least multi-storey car parks have been constructed.  

Motorists will have to pay a shilling for an hour’s parking, two shillings for two hours.

This is just the beginning of metered parking in Dublin, as two thousand more meters are in the pipeline. 

They will cover an area known as the central business district, the boundaries of which are Capel Street, Parnell Street, Lower Gardiner Street, Butt Bridge, Georges Quay, Westland Row, Saint Stephen’s Green North, York Street, Aungier Street, South Great Georges Street, Dame Street and Parliament Street.  

The public have been assured by Dublin Corporation that,

Any revenue generated from this will go towards the provision of off-street car parking facilities.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 3 December 1969. The reporter is Tom McCaughren.