The operators of a Dublin city center car park are looking for ways to stop long delays during peak periods as Christmas approaches.
Above-normal traffic volumes saw some motorists stranded for more than three hours as they attempted to exit the Ilac Center parking lot over the weekend, it was claimed.
Frustrated Christmas shoppers have been reported to be abandoning their cars due to long delays.
Heavy traffic jams on Parnell Street are believed to have seriously restricted the number of cars that can exit the multi-story parking lot.
The parking lot belonging to Dublin City Council is leased to Park Rite, who said they regretted the inconvenience caused.
Dublin Street Parking Services (DSPS) said higher-than-usual traffic levels near central Ilac only tend to occur on weekends in December.
When asked about plans to address the problem of parking lot users in the future, the company said it was involved in discussions with the Dublin Town group of companies and all relevant traffic management.