Nowhere Else To Go

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Isaac Doherty (above) and John Mangan (pic 4) in front of their homes at the former halting site in Balgaddy, Clondalkin, Dublin, where a number of traveller families including 28 children face eviction. The site was due to be cleared today by South Dublin County Council. Pavee Point Traveller and Roma Centre is calling on Minister for Housing, Eoghan Murphy TD to intervene and ban Traveller evictions until the Traveller accommodation crisis is over

This afternoon, in Balgaddy, west Dublin.

A number of Traveller families, including 28 children, are to be evicted.

They say they have nowhere to go.

Pavee Point has released the following statement:

Pavee Point Traveller and Roma Centre is calling on Minister for Housing, Eoghan Murphy TD to intervene and ban Traveller evictions until the Traveller accommodation crisis is over.

Today five families including 28 children face eviction from an old school site in Balgaddy, Clondalkin where they have been living since last year.

The families agreed to move by today – but there is nowhere else for them to go.

Meanwhile an independent review of Traveller accommodation law is currently underway through the Department of Housing and due to be published in April.

“Twenty years of failed accommodation policies has resulted in this crisis for Travellers. There has been an underspend of €55 million on Traveller accommodation since 2000.

In this context, evictions are inhumane,” said Pavee Point co-director Martin Collins.

Traveller family with 28 children to be evicted from west Dublin site (Kitty Holland, The Irish Times)

Related: English seeks solutions to Traveller accommodation crisis (Lorna Siggins, The Irish Times, September 12, 2018)

Ban Traveller Evictions – not fair to families with nowhere to go (Pavee Point)

Rollingnews

15 thoughts on “Nowhere Else To Go

  1. Eoin

    Travellers who don’t want to travel…..

    Cynicism aside, if the travellers can’t find any location to park their mobile homes, then the council should be under an obligation to provide them with emergency accommodation in a hotel, hub, B&B whatever.

    But, according to the Irish Times “South Dublin County Council says the families are there “without permission” and as they are not from the county area. It also said it has no “duty of care” to them.”

    I think it does have a duty of care to them.

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    1. Cian

      “South Dublin County Council says the families are there “without permission” and as they are not from the county area. It also said it has no “duty of care” to them.”

      If a settled person from, say, Roscommon tried to get onto the housing list in Dublin they would be told the same thing.

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      1. newsjustin

        Would they? Even if the Roscommon person had moved to Dublin, was living there, even had a job there? How long must you be in a local authority area before being eligible?

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        1. Cian

          Yes they would. It depends. 5 years. Their rules are:

          Applicants must reside in the functional area of South Dublin County Council.
          – Member of household has resided for a continuous five year period at any time in the area or
          – Employment of any member of household is in the area or is located within 15 kilometres of the area or
          – A household member is in full-time education in any university, college, school or other education establishment in the area or
          – A household member with enduring physical, sensory, mental health or intellectual impairment is attending a related educational or medical establishment in the area
          – A relative of any household member lives in the area and has lived here for a minimum of two years

          https://www.sdcc.ie/en/services/housing/finding-a-home/allocations-scheme.pdf

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          1. realPolithicks

            As usual, Cian will bore your ass off with “statistics” but like the government he so fervently supports he never has any solutions.

  2. Dr.Fart MD

    and now .. im sure lots of supportive, sensitive comments from the good hearted and empathetic people who comment on broadsheet.

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