Ní Riada raises rights issues in Clare
Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada has raised the issue of travellers rights with the local authorities in County Clare.
The Ireland South MEP wrote to the council after being taken around a number of unapproved halting sites in the county to view the conditions.
"I was absolutely horrified by the conditions the people I met today are living in," she said.
"There were very young children, some of them extremely ill, living in totally unsuitable conditions. There was little to no protection from the cold, none of the facilities we all take for granted such as electricity and running water and constant danger from rats.
"I was told that requests for help were dealt with by council officials with an almost callous disregard.
"It beggars belief that in our country, in 2017, people could be forced to live like this.
"I understand that there are a number of issues going on in the area but there can be no excuse or justification for the conditions I witnessed.
"We are all entitled to a number of basic rights and those rights were missing from the places I visited.
"My colleague, Councillor Mick McKee, will be raising this with the council and I will be writing to the local authorities as well. Whatever the other issues in the area are, this needs to be sorted out as a matter of urgency. We, as a community and a country, are better than this."