Print FriendlyPrint This Article

Traveller accommodation

Dessie Ellis (SF, Dublin NW) raised, as a topical issue debate, the accommodation situation of Travellers in Finglas in Avila Park, Finglas and Dunsink Lane ((Dail Eireann, Debates, 27th March 2012, 645-7).  Travellers had been living in caravans for two years  because of their buildings falling down as a result of pyrites contamination and had been left in these conditions for the foreseeable future, ‘appalling conditions in which nobody would live’, he said.  Responding for the government, the Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government Jan O’Sullivan told him that most Travellers preferred to live in standard-type accommodation.  Of the €60m recently allocated to the local authorities, €6m was for Traveller projects.  In September 2011, Dublin City Council had asked for funding for remedial works for the Finglas houses in question and a meeting had been held on 7th March to advance the works.  The department had given a provisional commitment to part-fund the works and this would be reviewed once outstanding issues had been resolved and a tender report received.  Dessie Ellis described it as unacceptable for people to live in these conditions for two years: ‘we need to move this on’.  The minister agreed and her understanding was that work would commence this year.  Dessie Ellis also raised the issue of the barrier in Dunsink Lane that cuts Finglas off from Castleknock, which the minister said she had discussed with the Irish Traveller Movement.