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Gerry Adams TD welcomes publication of ECSR judgement

16 May, 2016 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has this morning welcomed the publication of a judgement by the European Committee of Social Rights which has found the government have failed to provide enough accommodation for Travellers, that many of the sites provided are in a poor condition and that legal safeguards for Travellers threatened with eviction are insufficient.

Teachta Adams said:

“The publication this morning of the judgement against the State by the European Committee of Social Rights is a damning one and one which must be taken with the utmost seriousness. I welcome its findings however, as it vindicates the position Traveller advocacy organisations, human rights bodies and some political parties have taken on these issues.

“We only need look at the disgraceful and degrading treatment of Travellers in my own constituency where Traveller families in Dundalk have been evicted not once, but twice in recent months for examples in practice of the findings of the ECSR, as well an illustration of the chronic underspending to provide Traveller accommodation by local authorities.   

“I will be meeting the new Minister for Housing, Simon Coveney this week to find a solution to the issues in my own constituency, including the provision of an emergency halting site for Travellers displaced there, in keeping with the State's obligations, and I intend to put the findings of the ECSR judgement to him so his Department begins to take seriously the consistent breaches of the human rights of the Travelling community by successive Irish governments.”

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