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Carrickmines tragedy survivors to move to council car park as 'temporary accommodation'

Published 21/10/2015 | 17:04

The site of the Carrickmines tragedy
The site of the Carrickmines tragedy
TRIBUTES: Flowers cover the entrance to tragic halting site
Compassion: A candle lit vigil for the Carrickmines victims
Mourners light candles in memory of the ‘Carrickmines 10’ who died in the tragedy last weekend
Flowers were laid outside a halting site for travellers in Carrickmines where 10 people were killed in a fire
Floral tributes at the scene of the tragedy
A Garda looks at flowers laid in memory of those who died in the Carrickmines fire tragedy
The scene of the blockade of the proposed halting site in Rockville Drive, Carrickmines

A council-owned car park is to be provided as emergency accommodation to the survivors of the Carrickmines tragedy.

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The temporary solution comes almost two weeks after 10 people lost their lives at a halting site on the Glenamuck Road, Carrickmines in south Dublin.

A spokesperson for Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council confirmed the "temporary emergency accommodation" this afternoon.

The car park is located beside the Ballyogan Works Depot and has a private access road which is also owned by the council.

The extended family was originally to be housed at Rockville Drive by the move was halted following protests from the residents in the area.

A spokesperson for the council said: “The new site is not ideal in that it has not got full access to all the basic services unlike the Rockville Drive site but our staff are committed to working round the clock to make it ready for the surviving family members for occupation by the weekend."

Divided: Protesters (not residents) Stephen, Mark, Kim and Susan, who are in favour of the Travellers moving to the new location, demonstrate at the entrance to the proposed site at Rockville Drive in Carrickmines, Dublin.
Divided: Protesters (not residents) Stephen, Mark, Kim and Susan, who are in favour of the Travellers moving to the new location, demonstrate at the entrance to the proposed site at Rockville Drive in Carrickmines, Dublin.

The car park is currently used on a daily basis by council staff.

The families will stay in three-bedroomed mobile homes which were bought by the council. The homes should have water and electrical services installed by the weekend.

Compassion: A candle lit vigil for the Carrickmines victims
Compassion: A candle lit vigil for the Carrickmines victims

The site was not originally recommended as there is no sewerage connection at the location, but the council said they will provide temporary facilities to overcome this problem.

“The family has suffered enormous loss and our absolute priority was to ensure accommodation was provided to the surviving members of the tragedy by this weekend," the spokesperson continued.

Mourners light candles in memory of the ‘Carrickmines 10’ who died in the tragedy last weekend
Mourners light candles in memory of the ‘Carrickmines 10’ who died in the tragedy last weekend

"We had worked hard and hoped to proceed with the more suitable, fully serviced Rockville Drive site but ultimately an agreement was not possible within the timeframe. 

"The Council’s legal advice indicated that seeking an injunction would almost certainly have resulted in delays which would have seen the family effectively without anywhere to live. 

"Today’s decision to convert the Ballyogan site into emergency accommodation has been made to avoid time consuming litigation and negotiation and to ensure the family can begin to rebuild their lives as soon as possible. 

"We are putting our resources into ensuring the Ballyogan site is converted and available by the weekend”.

The site is a 15 minute walk from where the family have been living.

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