Minister Kelly refuses to meet Gerry Adams on Louth Traveller evictions
Louth Sinn Féin TD Gerry Adams this evening hosted a briefing in Leinster House for members of the Oireachtas by members of the Traveller community in Woodland Park who were evicted two weeks ago by Louth County Council.
Teachta Adams said:
“I asked the Minister to meet to discuss solutions to Traveller issues in Louth following the recent evictions by Louth County Council.
“In his response to my request, the Minister’s Private Secretary claims that the Minister has no ‘role in operational matters and the evictions at Woodlands’ and places the onus solely onto Louth County Council.
“This is unacceptable. The Minister has a responsibility to ensure that there are structures and supports in place to assist Louth County Council to provide Traveller accommodation. This includes providing funding.
“The Council has failed to do this and the Minister refuses to discuss it.
“I have encouraged the Council to develop the Woodlands Park site as an emergency halting site.
“This will provide a temporary solution and resolve the crisis until long term solutions are created.
“Minister Kelly also has responsibility for Local government, which includes ensuring that Councils are fulfilling their responsibilities.
“I believe that the Dundalk Traveller families have been treated shamefully by the Council and the Minister’s refusal compounds this.”