Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has welcomed the commitment from Minister English that the government would accept in full the expert group recommendations on Traveller accommodation.
Deputy Ó Broin said:
“Minister English confirmed to the Housing Committee this morning that they were accepting, in principle, all the recommendations of the report of the expert group on traveller accommodation.
“What we need to see in January is an action plan as to how these recommendations will be implemented.
“I welcome Minister English’s commitment to move quickly, however he must ensure that the spirit and the letter of the recommendations are implemented in full.
“The scandal of the underspend on Traveller accommodation must end.
“Sinn Féin fully supports the measures even though some of them go against the grain of our broader approach to local government.
“However there has been a failure to deliver appropriate Traveller specific accommodation and urgent measures are needed.
“Sinn Féin will work constructively with Minister English and the Traveller accommodation groups to ensure that the Travelling community have access to good quality, culturally appropriate accommodation to meet their needs.”