Monday 20 February 2017

Young father separated from baby after eviction

Elaine Keogh

Published 22/01/2016 | 02:30

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A young father has been forced to spend the night away from his wife and their newborn daughter after being evicted from the Woodland Park illegal halting site in Dundalk.

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The baby was born last Friday as her parents' caravan was being moved to a disused car park.

Louth County Council was acting on foot of a fire and safety audit of the site last October.

Yesterday, the new mother said: "I can't stay here with the baby. I have to bring her back down to my mum's in Dublin because she has a house. It feels very bad, you are meant to be together with your first baby. It is not nice."

Her husband said the day he found out he was to become a father was "the happiest day of my life". But he has spent recent nights in a B&B, which he will have to leave today.

"If I got a house, I'd take it today, with the kid and things, I'd love a house today," he said.

In a statement, the council said: "Discussions are ongoing. The short to medium-term accommodation solutions proposed to the Traveller representatives on Tuesday are still being considered by the families."

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