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)