Monday 24 October 2016

Housing pledge to Travellers after halting site eviction

Published 16/01/2016 | 02:30

Traveller families have been offered temporary accommodation following a tense eviction that saw gardaí attend a halting site.

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There were heated exchanges at Woodland Park in Dundalk as Louth County Council sought the removal of the families.

The council insisted that the decision to seek the removal of the families from the site was based solely on concerns for health and safety.

But Pavee Point co-director Martin Collins said: "Louth County Council has totally failed in its duty here.


"It has a policy of not providing Traveller-specific accommodation, such as halting sites or group housing schemes."

Last night, the council met with Traveller representatives to agree on temporary accommodation for the 17 families involved.

The council will also work to secure long-term accommodation for Travellers.

Louth TD Gerry Adams said that the decision to evict 17 families was "unreasonable and unnecessary".

Woodland Park was formerly an official halting site but it was closed in 2008.

Irish Independent

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