Saturday 25 November 2017

Young father separated from baby after eviction

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Elaine Keogh

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.

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."

Irish Independent

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