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Adams expresses disappointment at lack of response from some Oireachtas members on Woodland Park Traveller families issue

2 February, 2016 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin president and Louth TD Gerry Adams has reiterated his call for all Louth Oireachtas members to use their office to assist in rehoming the traveller families recently evicted from Woodland Park, Dundalk  

Speaking following a demonstration at Leinster house organised by the traveller families, Teachta Adams said,

“Last week, I organised a briefing for Oireachtas members on this eviction and I brought members of the evicted families to the Dáil to present their case. 

“During that meeting, I proposed that all Louth Oireachtas members would sign a joint letter to the Chief Executive of Louth County Council calling on her to urgently seek funding to upgrade Woodland Park and make it an emergency halting site.

“To date, both Minister Ged Nash and Fergus O'Dowd TD have agreed.  Their assistance is most welcome.

“However, Seamus Kirk TD, Senator Mary Moran, Senator Jim Darcy, and Peter Fitzpatrick TD have not gotten back to me. This is disappointing.

“Sinn Féin councillor Kevin Meenan has tabled a motion supporting this proposition to go before Louth County Council's monthly meeting on 15th February. I hope it is supported by the other councillors. 

“Once again, I am calling on the Chief Executive of Louth County Council to fulfil her legal obligation to provide accommodation for travellers. 

“The easiest, quickest, and most cost effective way to do this is by applying for funding from central government to make Woodland Park an emergency temporary halting site.” 

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