Free Disabled Parking in Dublin City Centre

Disabled (also known as ‘European’) Parking Cards can be used by disabled people within the 28 member states of the EU and are also recognised in the US and Canada. This means that when you travel abroad, you can bring your European Parking Card with you. However, it is important to remember that you must observe the motoring laws and restrictions on parking in other countries. The EU Commission has produced a publication, Parking card for people with disabilities in the European Union (pdf).

As outlined on the Disabled Parking Permit webpage (of Dublin’s City Council), holders of a valid Disabled Persons Parking Permit (Refered to as a Blue Badge in the UK) can park for free in the city centre in any of the on street bays (I wish I knew this before paying over eight euro’s to park for just two hours!).

Parking with a Disabled Person’s Parking Permit

If your vehicle displays a Disabled Person’s Parking Permit you have special permissions for parking in Dublin City. This includes:

You can park in a disabled person’s parking bay

These bays are extra-wide and are specially positioned to help you.

You can park in an ordinary parking space for free

You can park in any Pay & Display or Permit Parking space free of charge and you can stay there for an unlimited time.

Note: All vehicles displaying a Disabled Person’s Parking Permit must follow normal road safety and parking guidelines.

The European Commission has created a Factsheet for Disable Parking Permit usage across the EU.

For those of you that wish to know for certain, please see Dublin City Council Parking Control (Amendment) Bye-Laws 2013. Section 40 reads as follows:

40. The requirement to display a valid pay and display parking ticket or a valid pay and display parking tag or a resident’s parking permit or a visitor’s parking permit in a vehicle parked in any parking place or residential parking permit place to which these Bye-Laws relate shall not apply to the following:
(a) a vehicle being used in connection with the removal of an obstruction to traffic, the removal of a vehicle pursuant to section 97 of the 1961 Road Traffic Act as amended, the immobilisation and release of vehicles, the maintenance, improvement or reconstruction of a public road, the provision, alteration or repair of a main drain, pipe or apparatus for the supply of gas, oil, water or electricity or of a telephone line or the provision of a traffic sign,
(b) a fire brigade vehicle, an ambulance or a vehicle in which a valid disabled person’s permit is displayed and which is parked for the convenience of the person to whom that permit was granted if the permit is prominently
displayed on the vehicle when that vehicle is parked in a ticket parking place.

How To: Watching BBC iPlayer outside of the UK

OK, I moved to Ireland (as some may know).  I have a habit of watching BBC iPlayer to catch up on my tele-addiction.

bbc-iplayer-blocked-outside-of-ukTo my shock horror: I was disgusted to find that BBC iPlayer was not working on my PS3, Wii or Laptop.  I am even more disgusted that TV Licensing refuse to refund my six months of “Advanced Payment” on my TV License… So despite paying for the BBC, I’m not “allowed” to watch it???

Well, there is a fix: It involves using a UK Proxy Server (google is your friend).  At the time of writing this article, BBC iPlayer only blocks the connecting IP Address of the remote device if it is not a UK IP Address.  This means a simple usage of the correct proxy server (one based on a UK IP address) would allow you to access the iPlayer service.   Only the website HTML content goes via the proxy server.

Therefore: Use a UK Proxy Server, and you’ll be able to watch BBC iPlayer where ever your device is located.

There are many more advanced methods of doing this, but this is the most simpliest method.  First of all, open up google, and find the IP address and port of a valid UK Proxy Server.

Then open up Internet explorer, and go to Tools / Internet Options (or as im my case, the “Settings Cog” / Internet Options):
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Select the “Connections” tab, and then click on “LAN Settings” (as pictured below):
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Check the “Use a proxy server for your LAN” box (as below), and enter the IP address and port number you found using Google:
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Click OK and OK to save the settings, and then reload the webpage… Your Television episode should then proceed to load:
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You can configure proxy servers on the Wii, PS3 and many other devices… So this should fix the issues on pretty much all devices.

Personally, I do not like using proxy servers, and will disable the proxy server when I do not need to use it.  Think of this: Do you want to send your passwords to facebook ETC to an unknown source found on Google? (Answer: NO!)

I have been given a link to a more advanced method (but the obvious security issues would still possibly be there) See: Ian Scott: How to watch BBC Shows outside of the UK