In addition to Ministers Howlin and Noonan, Irish Rail have announced their own raid on customer's pockets. Car parking charges are to increase from the current rate of €2.00 per day to €3.00 - a 50% increase. The increase can be avoided by signing up for an SMS-based service, but there's an additional monthly charge on that service, plus some 'stealth' charges, if you're not paying attention, i.e. 20c per text they choose to send you about the service. [UPDATE] The terms and conditions include the following "parkbytext shall be entitled to deduct Parking Fees, Account Maintenance Charges and other sums and charges due to it pursuant to the terms hereof, from the funds received from the User from time to time, as the same shall be incurred. The charges which parkbytext may deduct under this clause shall (without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing) include such charges as parkbytext may notify from time to time in connection with misuse or the issue of additional statements or reports to the User." What does "(without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing)" mean to the average consumer ? To me, it reads "we'll hit you with additional or increased charges as we see fit".