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Government must fully implement recommendations of Traveller Accommodation Expert Group – Ó Broin

24 July, 2019 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has welcomed the publication of the Report of the Expert Group tasked with reviewing Traveller Accommodation and called on the Government to fully implement the reports 32 recommendations. He has now called on Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy to appear before the Housing Committee in September with an implementation plan for the reports 32 recommendations.

Deputy Ó Broin said:

“It is clear from the levels of underspend by local authorities on Traveller Specific Accommodation in recent years that the current delivery process is not working.

“In 2017, there was a 45% percent underspend on Traveller accommodation by local authorities; in 2018, it was 48% and, in the first half of 2019, only 18.5% of the funding available has been drawn down.

“The comprehensive review of the Traveller Accommodation Act contained in the report today confirms what the 2017 report indicated, that the Traveller Accommodation Programmes currently in place are not fit for purpose.

“The report of the expert group published today makes 32 short- and long-term recommendations which aim to remove the barriers to the delivery of culturally appropriate accommodation for Travellers.

“The recommendations are significant and deal with issues such as delivery, resourcing, planning, governance and research.

“The Government must ensure that the Expert Groups recommendations are fully implemented.

“I have written to the Oireachtas Housing Committee urging them to have a meeting of the Committee to hear from the expert Group and Minister of State Damien English in September.

“I would urge the Minister for Housing and the members of the Expert Group to appear before the Oireachtas Housing Committee in September to go through the detail of the report.

“I would also urge Minister English to bring an implementation report to the Oireachtas Housing Committee in the autumn, setting out a clear timeline for implementation of the reports 32 recommendations.”

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