Mayor of South Dublin Highlights Support for Travellers in County- Cllr Sarah Holland
Mayor of South Dublin County Council Sarah Holland today highlighted her support for Travellers in the county, whilst discussing a motion she had tabled. The motion was to ensure that the council would endeavour to provide culturally appropriate emergency accommodation, in the event that any sites failed a nationwide health and safety audit.
The health and safety audit came about following the tragic fire at Carrickmines last year, in which 10 people lost their lives, including 5 children.
In the aftermath of the fire, it became clear that racism against Travellers was prevalent and that more needed to be done by those in authority to tackle these prejudices head on.
Cllr Holland said:
“South Dublin County Council have an excellent record in providing culturally appropriate accommodation for our neighbours.
The council have good relationships with our tenants and there was full consultation and communication in the run up to the audit.
However, there were concerns from Travellers groups in the area that we could see a repeat of the situation in County Louth, whereby families were evicted and asked to self-accommodate by the county council.
Families then found it very hard to find a B&B or hotel who would accept them. This led to one of the most marginalised groups in Irish society feeling further isolated, and we wanted to avoid that.
The council will always endeavour to do the best we can within the means available to us, but this was a way of making our support for Travellers public, and recognising their different cultural needs.”