10 months after the Dublin car bombings of 1974, parking restrictions in the city centre are lifted in preparation for the 1975 Dublin parade.
In May 1974 there was a series of car bombings throughout Dublin city centre. The first bomb went off at 5.28 pm on Parnell Street; the second at 5.30 pm on Talbot Street; and the third at 5.32 pm on South Leinster Street. A fourth car bomb exploded at 7.58 pm in the town of Monaghan. In total 33 people were killed and almost 300 injured.
In the aftermath of the bombings parking restrictions were imposed on the city centre. It wasn't until the following year, just before St. Patrick's Day, that the restrictions were lifted.
This news footage from 1975 shows various locations around the city where restrictions had been imposed. The viewing stands are visible outside the GPO on O'Connell Street in preparation for the St. Patrick's Day parade. A vacant site next to the GPO marks the former location of the Metropole Cinema. This location was built on later and became the British Homes Stores (BHS) department store. Presently the building is occupied by Penneys. Also shown are the parking restrictions along Abbey Street and Fleet Street.
This RTÉ News report was broadcast on 16 March 1975.