Dundalk Traveller families to speak in the Oireachtas today

Dundalk Traveller families to speak in the Oireachtas today

Members of the travelling community evicted from a halting site in Dundalk recently will be given a chance to speak in the Oireachtas today.

Sinn Féin leader and local TD Gerry Adams has invited the former residents of Woodland Park into Leinster House.

As many as 23 families were ordered to leave the illegal halting site off the N52 Inner Relief Road due to health and safety fears. Many are now residing close by at an unused parcel of land at Dundalk Retail Park.

They have already missed a deadline to vacate this site, claiming they have been left homeless as the accommodation they have offered is unsuitable.

Deputy Adams has said the County Council would have dealt with members of the settled community differently.

He also called on the council to develop Woodland Park as an emergency halting site to assist those affected by its closure.

“I proposed at a meeting with the council on Monday that they develop Woodland Park as an emergency halting site and that they apply for funding from the Government to facilitate this.

“The Council executive has the authority to designate this site as an emergency site until a longer term solution is agreed upon. This would take the pressure off those families who were evicted, including those who are currently encamped in the KFC car park in the town.

“On Wednesday, representatives of the Dundalk Travellers will brief members of the Oireachtas. I am hosting this event in the AV Room at 5.30pm. I appeal to all Oireachtas members from Louth, or indeed any other constituency, to attend.”

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