Unused Travellers’ Cheques

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Sinn Féin TD Eoin Ó Broin tweetz:

Just 18% of 2019 Traveller accommodation budget spent to date

19 Councils have spent nothing to date

5 didnt request an allocation for 2019

And we wonder why families are on illegal sites or tragedies like Carrickmines happen???

Previously: ‘So A Tragedy Like This Never Occurs Again’

15 thoughts on “Unused Travellers’ Cheques

  1. AssPants

    There will never be enough done for traveling families…… no amount of budget will be enough.

    1. pedeyw

      You’re right but I suspect for the wrong reasons. The budget isn’t being used so it doesn’t really matter how high it is.

  2. bisted

    …Cork city have not spent any of their allocation yet Dan Boyle wants to tax people more and give local government greater spending power…

  3. GiggidyGoo

    And this money comes from the taxes that travellers pay which makes it all the worse.

  4. Termagant

    Why do we have a separate budget for accommodation for travellers again? Like we don’t have an Asian accommodation budget, or an African accommodation budget, to my knowledge.

    1. curmudgeon

      We absolutely should have a seperate budget for travellers, and we absolutely should use it to build prisons.

      1. stephen c

        curmudgeon, I read the first line and was all ‘hold on a second now here pal’ then the second line it just nailed it, a real rollercoaster of a post, well done.

  5. Rob_G

    I wouldn’t want a halting site/estate populated by Travellers opening next to me; I imagine that pretty much every other resident in Ireland feels the same. Councillors know this, and know they will need to get reelected when the time comes, so of course no council is going to spend their allocation if they can get away with it.

    I’m not sure what the solution for this is – central government taking the decision where Travellers should be housed, the same as they do for asylum seekers(?)

    1. Stephen

      The solution is to treat Travellers the same as everyone else. If they need social housing let them add themselves to the same list everyone else does. No need for a separate Traveller budget, rather just a budget for all those in need.

      1. Rob_G

        I 100% agree with you, in theory – in practice, however, once CoCos start to move Traveller families into a given estate, other families often find is the increasing levels of anti-social behaviour obliges them to leave.

        There is a well-known estate in Tipperary where almost-new houses were sold for as low as €12k (that’s right, TWELVE, no missing zero) – I imagine that those sellers must have been fairly motivated, to sell their house for less than one-tenth of the price that they paid for it within a few years of buying it…

    1. stephen c

      yeah, coming home pissed and on a load of benzos and trying to make fried food on a cooker dodgily hooked up to an illegal electricity supply and passing out from drugs so you cant see that fry going on fire is the most faultless of crimes these days.

  6. A Person

    Well done the shinners. Throw it out there and do not propose a solution, as opposed to making a decision, as this is just an entirely unacceptable form of doing something.

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