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Government must intervene to help Roma living on roundabout - Ellis

21 June, 2007

Sinn Féin Councillor Dessie Ellis has called on the Government to directly intervene in a situation which has seen a group of Roma families, including 16 children, living on a roundabout at an exit to the M50. Councillor Ellis said this situation is a direct result of the Government's failure to treat all EU Citizens equally.

Speaking today Councillor Ellis said, "There are 28 adults and 16 children camping in Ballymun now but you can be sure that further difficulties for greater numbers of Roma will be created if this situation is not rectified.

"The desperate circumstances in which this group are living are a direct consequence of the government's refusal to apply equal treatment to all EU member states.

"I am calling on the Government to directly intervene in this situation and provide temporary emergency accommodation for these families. A roundabout is a dangerous and highly unsuitable location for children to live. Urgent action must be taken by government now and the welfare of the 16 children affected must be the paramount consideration." ENDS

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