Wednesday 16 August 2017

Bullish council learns the hard way that sensitive issues need sensitive handling

The scene of the blockade of the proposed halting site in Rockville Drive, Carrickmines
The scene of the blockade of the proposed halting site in Rockville Drive, Carrickmines
Martina Devlin

Martina Devlin

You people are vile! How can you live with yourselves? I don't know how you can sleep at night." A middle-aged woman lowered her car window to shout at residents blockading a planned halting site in their cul-de-sac.

Her words rattled the small knot of people standing near a barricade of cars in Rockville Drive - mainly senior citizens and mothers of young children. Until then, they had been largely silent, with an underlying tension.

One resident asked the driver how she'd like something similar on her doorstep. "I've lived with Travellers for years, I'm from Ballyogan," came the reply. She seemed to have turned into the cul-de-sac in this relatively rural part of south Dublin especially to tackle them.

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