Sunday 22 October 2017

Dublin Fire Tragedy: 'There are 14 people now without homes who need help' says Southside Traveller group

DEVASTATION: An aerial photograph shows the utter devastation at the scene from the halting site of the tragic fire at Glenmaluck Road, Carrickmines, that claimed the lives of 10 people Credit: David Conachy
DEVASTATION: An aerial photograph shows the utter devastation at the scene from the halting site of the tragic fire at Glenmaluck Road, Carrickmines, that claimed the lives of 10 people Credit: David Conachy
Aerial photograph shows how horror inferno obliterated family home (Photo: David Conachy)

David Kearns

Accommodation is being sought for the 14 people left homeless by the deadly fire in South Dublin that took the lives of 10 members of the same extended family, including five children.

The Southside Traveller Action Group said its centre in Sandyford had remained open on Sunday to provide support and comfort for families bereaved by the fire tragedy in Carrickmines on Saturday.

The group said it was working with Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council to help organise accommodation for 14 people left homeless by the fire.

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The halting site on Glenamuck Road South accommodated up to half a dozen caravans and one or two permanent residential structures, the group said.

“The primary focus of today is centred on the injured and bereaved. There are 14 people left homeless as a result of this fire and they are in need of emergency accommodation.

“[We] will meet with Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Co Council again today to address this immediate accommodation need.

Pregnant mum Tara Gilbert, her partner Willie Lynch and their two daughters Kelsey and Jodie were among those who lost their lives in the deadly blaze
Pregnant mum Tara Gilbert, her partner Willie Lynch and their two daughters Kelsey and Jodie were among those who lost their lives in the deadly blaze

“A meeting with HSE and Department of Social Protection will follow to discuss the immediate and ongoing needs of these families.”

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Currently two children remain in hospital after they were rescued from the deadly blaze that killed two families, including a six-month-old baby.

Aerial photograph shows how horror inferno obliterated family home (Photo: David Conachy)
Aerial photograph shows how horror inferno obliterated family home (Photo: David Conachy)
Aerial photograph shows how horror inferno obliterated family home (Photo: David Conachy)

One of the children remains in a serious but stable condition, the group said.

“We are not in a position to confirm the identities of the adults and children who died and await Garda and family clearance,” it added.

People gather as toys and flowers are left at a halting site for travellers in Carrickmines where ten people from two families were killed in a fire yesterday Credit: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
People gather as toys and flowers are left at a halting site for travellers in Carrickmines where ten people from two families were killed in a fire yesterday Credit: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
People gather as toys and flowers are left at a halting site for travellers in Carrickmines where ten people from two families were killed in a fire yesterday Credit: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

A spokesperson for the group said its centre in Sandyford was acting as a focal point for people and a base for those who were travelling from different parts of the country.

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Efforts to raise funds for the 14 people made homeless by Saturday’s tragedy are being coordinated by the Vincent De Paul society, the Southside Traveller Action Group.

“As soon as these details are available they will be issued to the public and on the website of Southside Traveller Action Group,” they added.

A book of condolences is also being opened tomorrow by the Irish Traveller Movement in the city centre, the location of which will be made available on their Facebook page.

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According to Geraldine Dunne Director of the Southside Traveller Action Group: “We want to convey our sincere thanks to the many people locally and nationally who have contacted us and have shown remarkable kindness with offers of help and support and for the books of condolences established to reflect that.

“Also  to the  services given by the Gardai, the Ambulance and Fire Services, the hospitals attending the injured, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Co Council Council, Southside Partnership and the HSE.

“We ask now that the media at this time would observe the needs of the family to privately grieve and bury their loved ones in the coming days”

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