Ministers challenged on failure to respond to Traveller questions - Gerry Adams TD
Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams today challenged Education Minister Richard Bruton in the Dáil on the failure of a succession of government Ministers to respond to questions in relation to Travellers.
Teachta Adams was specifically focusing on the lack of supports for the two surviving O’Connor children from the Carrickmines fire in 2015, the National Traveller Health Action Plan and the status of the planning advisory committee on Traveller health.
The Louth TD was addressing Minister Bruton during Promised Legislation in the Dáil. The Minister was taking this section of Dáil business for An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.
Gerry Adams TD said:
“I want to ask about the publication of the National Traveller Health Action Plan and the status of the planning advisory committee on Traveller health. Last week I raised these issues with the Taoiseach.
"At that time the Taoiseach said that he didn’t have an update but that he would raise the issue with Minister Byrne and Minister Harris and try to get a better reply.
"I have heard nothing from the Taoiseach’s office; from the Minister for Health or from the Minister of State.
"I have also raised the related issue of the failure of the state to support the two surviving children of the Carrickmines fire in October 2015 in which ten family members, their parents, three siblings and five others perished.
"In recent months I have pursued this issue with six different Ministers with no evidence of any willingness on their part to help these children.
"That’s six government Ministers who have failed to respond to reasonable questions on Traveller Health and Welfare.
"I would like you Ceann Chomhairle to advise on the failure of government Ministers to respond to questions and again I ask the Taoiseach about the Traveller Health Action Plan and the status of the planning advisory body on Traveller health?”
Note to Editor:
Minister Bruton said that he would ask the relevant Ministers to come back to Teachta Adams.
Gerry Adams TD complained that this was exactly the same response he has received before.
The Leas Ceann Chomhairle accepted that the Minister would get back to the Louth TD.