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Widowed dad-of -7 begs to be moved from home on dump

A father of seven has pleaded to be relocated from his home which is built on a dump.

Connie Faulkner said he and his family have been plagued by health problems because they live over hundreds of tonnes of buried waste at the Long Pavement halting site in Limerick.

His wife, Joanna, died 10 years ago after contracting Weils disease, which is spread to humans from the urine of rats and dogs.

Mr Faulkner, who won the All-Ireland handball championship for Clare in 1999 and a Munster handball title the same year, said: "I am here 21 years. I've seven kids, they're all grown-up now, but this is a health hazard.

"We're going to the doctors day in and day out. I've got bronchitis and stomach problems."

Limerick City and County Council has promised to find the Faulkners and other Traveller families alternative accommodation.

However, it is understood there is no funding readily available to move them. A council source said the site was only meant to be used as a temporary residential site when the Traveller families moved in 25 years ago.

Mr Faulkner said he is on medication and regularly finds himself breathless.

"This ground is full of gas emitted from the waste underneath," he said.

"This was the first dump for Limerick we're living on. We're surrounded by dumps here.


"The smell of the sewage is killing us too. When we were first put in here for six months we were assured we would be getting out. Then the council built walls and little chalets in between the houses."

The council said: "It is not possible to provide permanent accommodation at the LP halting site.

"The Traveller Accommodation Plan has recommended that an alternative site be identified.

"This is dependent on locating a suitable site and also funding from the Department of the Environment."