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A resident of Louth County in the Republic of Ireland has run up a €20,000 bill for unpaid parking tickets.

The individual currently owes €2,100 on 35 unpaid tickets.

Freedom of Information Act requests sent to a sample of seven local authorities showed the payment rate in Louth county council was just 47%  last year.

Kildare county council had the worst individual offenders of the seven councils. One person in the area had 101 separate tickets outstanding with a value of €20,680, The Times reports.

Another driver had 80 unpaid tickets, worth €15,260. Kildare’s success rate in collecting fines was high by comparison with the other councils, however, and 85% of all tickets issued last year were paid.