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Plans for Traveller sites get go-ahead

A PLAN to build Traveller accommodation in some of the capital's most affluent areas has moved one step closer to being completed.

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council has voted in favour of a draft accommodation plan for Travellers for the next four years.

Many of the sites in the plan have been under consideration for more than a decade.


UCD and the west pier at Dun Laoghaire harbour were among the sites listed for construction of the accommodation.

Pottery Road in Dun Laoghaire, Rathmichael Road near Cherrywood and Stillorgan Grove have also been listed among 11 sites.

The plan to build 38 group housing units and 10 halting bay sites has now moved into the implementation phase.

There were 147 submissions made on the proposals before the closing date in December, with strong local opposition voiced.

Local residents were especially opposed to any accommodation at a site at Mount Anville Road, in Mount Merrion.

The council owns a depot on the site and plans are underway to sell all or part of that property in the future. Councillors for Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown passed the draft Traveller site plan after 16 voted in favour and 10 councillors voted against on Monday.

However, it was unclear whether all of the proposals in the plan could be completed by 2018.

"Full estimated costs and funding requirements are not yet determined," a spokesperson for the council said.