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Adams expresses concerns at developments at Woodlands Park

15 January, 2016 - by Gerry Adams

Louth Sinn Féin TD Gerry Adams has expressed his “deep concern at developments today at the halting site at Woodland Park in Dundalk.”

Teachta Adams said:

“When I heard of the threat to carry out evictions, I expressed my concern to Louth County Council and asked the council to use dialogue and arbitration to resolve this issue. The decision by Louth County Council to evict 17 families from the travelling community from Woodland Park Dundalk was unreasonable and unnecessary.

“I understand that discussions are ongoing between representatives of the families and the council. These efforts should be given the space to conclude without the threat of eviction.

“I visited the Woodland Park site in late December following the Carrickmines fire tragedy. There are approximately 17 families currently living on the site including many children, a number of new-born babies, and at least one pregnant woman.

“There is no mains electricity, no mains water, no sewerage or necessary services on the site. The families raised concerns with me regarding the water safety and a number of other health and safety matters and I have been working with them on these matters.

“Members of the travelling community have the right to accommodation. There is also a need for a halting site in Dundalk. The Council needs to fulfil its obligations in this respect.” 

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