Saturday 16 December 2017

Blaze survivors to move into new accommodation as early as tomorrow

Survivors of the fatal blaze will move into temporary accommodation over the weekend
Survivors of the fatal blaze will move into temporary accommodation over the weekend

Robin Schiller

The families left homeless as a result of the tragic Carrickmines fire are expected to be rehoused at a temporary location as early as tomorrow, following a week of disagreements between residents of a south Dublin estate and the local authority.

The 15 survivors of the fatal blaze that claimed the lives of 10 of their relatives will move into temporary accommodation off the Ballyogan Road over the weekend.

The council carpark was chosen as an alternative site after a dispute between residents of the Rockville Drive estate and Dún Laoghaire/Rathdown County Council failed to end in an agreement between the parties.

Geraldine Dunne, director of Southside Traveller Action Group, expressed her relief that accommodation had finally been found for the families, and hoped that "we never stop any of our homeless from ever getting a place again".

"A lot of sympathy has come in general and from Ireland from all of its citizens. Me, being a human being and a citizen of this country, I've no given right to refuse a family a home, and nobody should have that right," Ms Dunne said.

Meanwhile, several members of the Irish Traveller Community are expected to meet with Pope Francis in the coming days to discuss the Carrickmines tragedy.

"There are a couple of Travellers and one of our senior members on there way to Rome, so it will be a nice thing to meet the Pope and maybe to discuss the tragedy here in Ireland and to get a few prayers said," Ms Dunne said.

She also discussed the emotional reunion between Thomas Connors (4) and his family following his release from hospital on Wednesday, describing how she had "never witnessed a more emotional moment in her life".

Irish Independent

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