Call for discussion on conditions facing Galway Travellers in wake of Carrickmines tragedy

Galway Bay fm newsroom – It’s being suggested that serious discussions are needed on the conditions facing Galway’s Travelling community in the wake of the Carrickmines tragedy.

It’s being claimed that conditions across the county are appalling – and an immediate review is needed as the country mourns ten tragic deaths, five children and five adults at the Dublin halting site.

Galway Traveller Movement says that substandard sites exist across the county – and the situation needs immediate attention.

Project co-ordinator Margaret O’Riada has described the conditions at some sites as ‘third world’.

She says concerns will be growing over a potential repeat of Saturday’s deadly blaze in Carrickmines – and action is needed.

It follows the revelation this morning that Galway’s local authourities didn’t receive a cent this year of a 4 million euro national fund for traveller accomodation.

Galway City and County Council were amongst 15 council’s nationwide who drew down no funding – including Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, in whose area 10 people lost their lives in Saturday’s blaze.

Both local authorities are currently looking into the issue.

Meanwhile, a book of condolence has opened at County Hall, while a second book is set to open at City Hall tomorrow.

County Cathaoirleach Councillor Peter Roche says the tragedy has left everyone devastated.

A candlelight vigil will take place in the city this week to commemorate those who lost their lives in the South Dublin blaze.

It takes place at Eyre Square in the city on Wednesday at 7.30pm.