First age-friendly parking in
THE first age-friendly
car parking spaces in Donegal have been officially
unveiled at Letterkenny University Hospital.
The car parking spaces, two at the main entrance of
the hospital and two at St. Conal’s building, have
been introduced following a walkabiltiy audit which
was carried out to help identify the needs of older
people when they attend the hospital for
appointments. This audit was carried out as part of
the Donegal Age Friendly Alliance strategy.
One of the actions under the strategy was to
investigate the possibility of implementing age
friendly principles within hospital facilities, in
partnership with the HSE, Donegal County Council and
a group of older people as part of the Older Persons
Council in Donegal.
Pictured at the unveiling of older
people dedicated parking spaces at Letterkenny
University Hospital is Sean Murphy, Letterkenny
University Hospital, Mary McGowan Donegal Age
Friendly Alliance, Cathaoirleach Cllr Gerry
McMonagle, Grainne Hines Older Persons Council, Liam
Ward, Donegal County Council.
One of the issues
raised in this audit was the lack of parking
facilities for older people outside the hospital and
after highlighting this matter, the Older Persons
Council met with the chief executive of the
hospital, Sean Murphy who then proceeded to address
this issue by putting these dedicated car parking
spaces in place in prominent positions at the
“These spaces are courtesy spaces and we hope that
motorists will enter into the spirit of this
initiative and leave them free for older persons who
need them,” said Sean Murphy.
Special signs have been erected to identify these
spaces and the same fee applies as for other parking
spaces on the hospital grounds.
Mr Murphy thanked the Older Persons Council and said
he looked forward to working with the group to
address other issues.