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Carrickmines survivors need support – Adams

4 April, 2019 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams this morning questioned the Tánaiste, Simon Coveney, in the Dáil on when the report of the Traveller Accommodation Expert Group will be published and commitments that were made promising support for the surviving children of the Carrickmines Fire.

Speaking afterward, Teachta Adams said:

“The Traveller Accommodation Expert Group was set up on foot of a Programme for Government commitment.

“The European Committee on Social Rights has found that this state is in violation of the European Social Charter on 5 grounds by failing to provide adequate Traveller Accommodation.

“My colleague Teachta Eoin Ó Broin received a government response recently revealing an underspend of almost fifty per cent in last year’s Traveller Accommodation budget.

“There is clearly a serious problem in respect of Local Councils drawing down money that is available for the provision of housing for Travellers. The government is clearly not doing enough to ensure that the housing needs of the Traveller community are being met.

“Minister English said this morning that the Expert Group report will be published in April or May. It needs to be published as quickly as possible to allow the crisis in housing for Travellers to be tackled effectively.

“In October 2015, five adults and five children and an unborn child were killed in the appalling tragedy at Carrickmines.

“In a meeting with me after this tragedy, Minister Coveney promised the family the support that they require. Since then I have been fighting a series of battles with a whole succession of Ministers over the lack of support for the two surviving sons of Thomas and Sylvia Connors who need help to get to and from school.

“There is an onus on the government to follow through on this commitment and to support the Carrickmines survivors. I look forward to hearing from the Tánaiste how he plans to honour this commitment.”

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