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Louth County Council must open Emergency Halting Site – Adams

10 May, 2016 - by Gerry Adams

Louth Sinn Féin TD Gerry Adams has called on Louth County Council to open an emergency halting site to home traveller families currently being evicted from a site in Dundalk.

The Sinn Féin President said;

“These families were evicted from Woodland Park in January at the request of Louth County Council.

“It is unconscionable that Louth County Council has not accommodated these families in the intervening four months.

“This morning these families, including many children, are being forced to move again, having been given less that 24 hours notice.

“The upheaval on these citizens cannot be underestimated.  Their treatment is unfair and unacceptable.

“I have written to Louth County Council and the new Environment Minister Simon Coveney to request their intervention to provide these families with an emergency halting site in Dundalk.

“There is a responsibility on the State, including local authorities, to provide traveller appropriate accommodation for traveller families.

“All locally elected representatives should support members of the Travelling Community to access suitable accommodation.”

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