Wednesday 7 December 2016

Traveller community 'engulfed with frustration'

Published 12/11/2015 | 02:30

Tessa Collins and other Travelling community members hand the petition to Aodhán Ó Riordáin
Tessa Collins and other Travelling community members hand the petition to Aodhán Ó Riordáin

The bereaved families of the Carrickmines blaze are "in a state of devastation" and receiving counselling as they attempt to rebuild their lives.

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The wider Traveller community is also engulfed with "anger and frustration" in the fallout of the tragedy, which claimed the lives of 10 people.

Pavee Point's Martin Collins said the whole community "is just sick and fed-up of being treated badly in this society".

"Travellers are affected by racism and exclusion, forced to live on the margins of society, forced to live in poor living conditions and not getting access to education and healthcare. People are really getting angry and frustrated," he said.

As a petition calling for a national policy to ensure proper rights for Travellers was handed to junior minister Aodhán Ó Riordáin at Leinster House, Mr Collins said the survivors of Carrickmines have been treated "shamefully".

"They are in a state of devastation and have been treated in a very despicable, disrespectful fashion," he said.

Irish Independent

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