By Kim O’Leary
Labour’s Chris O’Dwyer is calling for an immediate intervention at an illegal halting site located in Saggart village in Dublin after concerns from locals.
Mr O’Dwyer is calling on both South Dublin County Council and the Department of Housing to come up with a meaningful solution.
Mr O’Dwyer, who recently visited the site said: “There is a worrying lack of facilities for families who are making use of the site and this should be cause for alarm for both South Dublin County Council and the Department of Housing. The site is not fit for use, it doesn’t have the necessary infrastructure or amenities.
“I am calling on South Dublin County Council and the Department of Housing to put their heads together engage with the members of the Travelling community and local residents to come up with a solution. During the recent episode of RTE’s Reeling in the Years we were reminded of the Carrickmines tragedy, if we do not learn from such horrible events we will continue to fail at risk communities,” he said.
According to Mr O’Dwyer, residents living in the area have reported an increase in illegal dumping due to a lack of waste management and toilets. He said that the environmental impact is ‘not fair on local clean up groups’ and that the site is not appropriate for use.
One local John said: “There have been on going issues here with the waste and litter. In the last few months five different families have moved in and out and we are very concerned now with the summer months approaching that there will be an influx of people to stay on the site which clearly doesn’t have the proper sanitary or rubbish facilities.”
Mr O’Dwyer is calling for meaningful investment and further actor on housing for the Traveller community to be discussed.
South Dublin County Council has been contacted for comment.