Croke Park to make over 300 car parking spaces free to Mater staff

by Rachel Darcy

The Mater Hospital have announced that over 300 parking spaces will be made available to staff working in the hospital from Wednesday, thanks to Croke Park and Dublin Bus.

In an announcement on Twitter, the hospital announced that Croke Park is providing the use of 330 car parking spaces for free to staff working in the Mater Hospital during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Staff will be able to park in Croke Park free of charge, with Dublin Bus then providing a free shuttle service for staff members from the stadium to the hospital.

The shuttle service will run from 7am until 10am every 15 mins from Croke Park to the Whitty Entrance of the hospital, and from 3:45pm until 7:15pm starting at Croke Park every 15 mins and again from 8:15pm until 9:30pm every 30 mins starting at the Mater’s Whitty entrance to Croke Park.

The Mater said on Twitter: “This will be a huge help and something our team of heroic staff have been asking for. A big thank you to Croke Park and Dublin Bus who responded immediately and generously to our request for help.”

This news comes after it was revealed that the HSE intend to use Croke Park as a ‘Drive Thru’ testing centre for the Covid-19 virus.

In a statement, Cllr Nial Ring said that residents are ‘proud’ that GAA headquarters will be used to test those who may have potentially contracted the virus. 

“The overwhelming reaction was that local residents are very pleased, indeed proud, that this local facility can be used to help those who may have contracted the virus. We are proud that the GAA have offered the facilities to the HSE. 

“Locals know that in these uncertain times we must all work together to beat this virus, and as this community is already doing its best to look after our own, it’s no major sacrifice for us to open our hearts and local stadium to vulnerable people seeking medical advice and insurances,” Cllr Ring said. 

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