Closure of Traveller specific site blow for community

by Amy Rohu
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Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council made the decision in the interests of health and safety to close the only Traveller specific accommodation in the vicinity of Dun Laoghaire Town, writes Amy Rohu.

The site which is located at the West Pier in the harbour, had been earmarked for the construction of three permanent housing units.

However, a report commissioned by Irish Water established that because of the level of water infrastructure located directly under the site, stated that the land was unfit on health and safety grounds for any level of housing to be constructed. This information has been accepted in good faith by all parties concerned. A call has now been made to the executive of Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Council to source an alternate site in the area that can and will be used to develop Traveller specific housing.

Speaking this week, Independent Cllr Hugh Lewis, who chairs the County’s Local Traveller Accommodation Consultative Committee said:

“This is a major setback in the provision of new Traveller accommodation. The West Pier site was due to be fully redeveloped by the council in the democratically agreed 2019-2024 Traveller Accommodation Programme. Everything must be done to ensure that the net result of the closure of this site does not equate to one less Traveller site in Dún Laoghaire. There is enormous pressure to provide such housing and we must locate and earmark a new site in the area to directly compensate for this loss, this must now be our immediate objective”

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