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Oireachtas Committee must question Councils on Traveller funding underspend – Ellis

27 February, 2013 - by Dessie Ellis TD


Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson has called on the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Environment to request that Local Authorities responsible for an underspend in traveller housing totalling around €50 million since 2007 come before the committee to answer questions.

Speaking today Deputy Ellis said;

“I have written to the Cathaoirleach Michael McCarthy TD asking that he bring these councils in to account for the under spend which is substantial.

“Three councils are responsible for failing to draw down €24 million between them which was ring fenced for traveller housing. These Local Authorities, Dublin City Council, Fingal County Council and Cork County Council, have relatively large traveller communities and large housing shortages and need to be held to account.

“It needs to be established why so much money was not drawn down for a group as disadvantaged as the traveller community.

“Travellers remain one of the most disadvantaged and discriminated against communities in Ireland. Recently traveller homes have been burnt down in suspected arson cases and just today Clare County Council announced it would build no more traveller homes due to arson attacks.

“The state has a responsibility to provide housing for travellers and this falls to local authorities. Any failure on their part to do this should be examined and dealt with.”

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