Underspend of €7m on traveller accommodation in 2016 & 2017 to date - Eoin Ó Broin TD
According to information received in response to a parliamentary question only €4.2m in 2016 and €3.1 to date in 2017 was drawn down.
Deputy Ó Broin said:
“Information I received yesterday indicated that €5.9m out of a budget of €9m for traveller accommodation has not yet been drawn down by local authorities for 2017. The response also indicates that there was a €1.2m underspend by local authorities in 2016.
“In total over 50% of the traveller accommodation budget over the past two years has not been spent by local authorities. While some local authorities will draw down some additional funding by the end of this year, the figures for 2016 are stark.
“For example in 2016 the councils of Carlow, Clare, Cork, Fingal Kildare, Laois, Longford, Mayo, Monaghan, Sligo Wicklow and Galway City failed to draw down any funding at all. This is not acceptable.
“Sinn Féin welcomes the plan to set up an expert group to review the effectiveness of the Traveller Accommodation Programmes and the supporting legislation.
"The group must have the confidence of the travelling community and their advocacy groups and must engage with those affected by poor quality accommodation.
“It is important that this review and legislative changes are completed by 2018 and that a new regime is in place in advance of the 2019 local elections."
Note - Please see PQ attached