Trav­eller ac­co­mo­da­tion ‘may have to be de­cided at na­tional level’

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

IT is time to get to the bot­tom of ex­actly what is stop­ping the de­liv­ery of Trav­eller ac­com­mo­da­tion, whether that is po­lit­i­cal block­ages, ad­min­is­tra­tion block­ages or crit­i­cal in­fra­struc­ture that is miss­ing, Fianna Fáil Deputy Pat Casey told a meet­ing of the Joint Oireach­tas Com­mit­tee on Hous­ing, Plan­ning & Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment.

‘In Wick­low, while we were try­ing to iden­tify a num­ber of tran­sient halt­ing sites, the lack of in­fra­struc­ture to de­liver sites was an is­sue,’ he said.

‘I ac­knowl­edge there is a lack of po­lit­i­cal will to deal with the Trav­eller is­sue. In some lo­cal au­thor­i­ties, the ad­min­is­tra­tion does not want to deal with it. It is prob­a­bly the only bud­get in any lo­cal author­ity that is not spent. All the other bud­gets are spent. There is a se­ri­ous is­sue that needs to be dealt with.’

He said he wel­comed the Ex­pert Group on Trav­eller Ac­com­mo­da­tion.

‘I will wel­come the re­port when it is pub­lished but the sooner the bet­ter.

‘We are com­ing into a lo­cal elec­tion cy­cle so it will be dif­fi­cult to get de­ci­sions made the closer we come to that date. If lo­cal democ­racy is not work­ing, we will sadly have to look at re­mov­ing it from the re­mit of lo­cal democ­racy agen­cies. I am an ad­vo­cate of lo­cal democ­racy but if lo­cal au­thor­i­ties are not will­ing to make the dif­fi­cult de­ci­sions, the de­ci­sions will have to be made some­where else, pos­si­bly at na­tional level,’ he said.

Deputy Pat Casey.

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