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New Eviction threat to Dundalk Travellers - Adams

21 January, 2016 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams has expressed his deep concern at threats today to evict 15 of the Traveller families who were evicted in recent days from the Woodland Park site in Dundalk.

Teachta Adams said:

“The decision to evict 15 Traveller families from a second site in Dundalk underlines the folly of the original decision of the County Council to evict them from the Woodland Park site last week.

“It is outrageous that families, many of them with small children, and who are already traumatised by being evicted last week, are being evicted again as a consequence of a bad decision by the council.

“Louth County Council has a legal obligation as a designated housing authority to accommodate homeless families. It is bizarre at a time of an unprecedented housing crisis in County Louth, where there are 5,000 people on the Council’s housing waiting list, that the Council has taken a course of action that has only made more citizens homeless. This is entirely inappropriate.

“There should be no more evictions. The families do not want conventional housing so the Council's refusal to refurbish the Woodland Park site using money allocated by the government is incomprehensible.

“The solution to this problem is for the Council to urgently draw down the money available from government and to upgrade the Woodland Park site. This is the most realistic and cost effective approach.”

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