City and County Councils urged to tackle Carrowbrowne crisis

Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway City and County Councils are being urged to provide emergency accommodation to Traveller families facing eviction from Carrowbrowne.

Eleven families have been told by a solicitor acting on behalf of Barna Waste that they are illegally encamped on private land and must leave by noon tomorrow.

It follows the decision by An Bord Pleanala to refuse an extension of planning permission for the 15 bay halting site at the Headford road, which has been vacated in recent days.

It means that as of noon tomorrow, the families previously residing at the Carrowbrowne halting site will effectively be homeless.

Barna Waste says that a large number of families are on private land in close proximity to a busy workplace and the injunction is a matter of health and safety.

Bridget Kelly of Galway Traveller Movement says Galway City Council is not doing enough to solve the situation.