Minister must insist that councils invest in traveller accommodation – Ó Broin
Sinn Féin TD and Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin has criticised local authorities who have underspent on traveller accommodation. He has called on Minister Simon Coveney to intervene directly where councils refuse to adequately fund traveller accommodation.
Deputy Ó Broin said:
“The provision of adequate Traveller accommodation with the necessary facilities is a key responsibility for local authorities under the Government’s Traveller Accommodation Programmes. The Irish Times today highlighted that eight local councils did not invest any money in traveller accommodation in 2016 despite having the central government funding to do so.
“If councils are not stepping up, then it is clear that the Minister needs to do more than contact local authorities about their spending plans for housing for the travelling community. He must use his powers to intervene directly and demand that councils spend their allocated funding.
“A lot of traveller families are living in simply appalling conditions on sites across the state that are not fit for purpose. There is no point in the Minister just increasing the Budget without ensuring that there is a strict process in place to ensure that traveller accommodation is provided by all local authorities.”