There were almost half as many parking tickets issued in the county between March 2020 and March 2021 as there had been in the corresponding period from 2019-2020.

A council spokeswoman confirmed, ‘ There were 2,417 fines issued for no P&D from 01/03/20 to 28/02/21, and there were 4,740 fines issued for no P&D from 01/03/19 to 28/02/20.’

Nationally there were over 168,000 tickets costing €6.6m handed out despite a drop in fines by some local authorities

Wicklow, Kildare, Louth, Galway, and Sligo issued the most tickets per 100,000 of the population between March 2020 and April 2021.

On the other hand, not a single ticket was handed out in Leitrim as the council there waived parking charges completely in order to support local businesses.