Mullingar District Court’s judge has described traffic management in the town as chaos.
Judge Seamus Hughes said there has been chaos on the streets every day he came to Mullingar since he was appointed in March.
He referred to delivery vans parking on the footpath and double parking and to general vehicles being parked on footpaths, corners, and on double yellow lines.
All of these are offences, he said as he fined two Mullingar brothers for parking in a bus rank while one of them collected fast food.
Niall Fenton, Lynn Heights was collecting food when he pulled up on Castle Street, Mullingar on September 16 last, his solicitor Louis Kiernan explained.
When traffic warden Joe Cronin said there would have been chaos if a bus pulled up, Judge Hughes pointed out that there is chaos in Mullingar every time he visits.
The court then heard that Niall Fenton’s brother Mark of the same address was being prosecuted for parking in the same location on a different date, with the judge questioning if he’d been collecting fast food too.The two brothers were fined €100 each and ordered to pay €100 costs each to Westmeath County Council.