Eviction stand-off between council and traveller families with up to 30 children
Mr Joyce said that council officials, a private security firm and members of the gardai were outside the location this morning ready to go in – but this didn’t happen.
He said that it is the families understanding that if they move to another piece of public land they will be evicted.
“This is all in the backdrop of a national accommodation crisis.”
He pointed out that without their caravans, the families would be homeless.
He said: “They are not asking the council to provide housing or a site tomorrow, what they are asking is that the council consider the situation they are in on humanitarian grounds.
“If families are in tents and they are homeless, do you go out and evict families that are homeless? You don’t. What you do is you go out on humanitarian grounds to understand why they are there.”
Martin Doherty (44) told Independent.ie that he has eight children who are living on site. “They are ranging in age from 16 down to 16 months old.
“My big worry from here is if we have to go out of here today, we will have to pull along the paths because there is no other place for the caravans and the kids will go out on the road and they will be knocked down.”
He said where they are at the moment is a safe place.
He added that there are very “decent people” living in the area and the kids are settled into school.
“If they give me any temporary place to move into, I will gladly move in. Anywhere in any direction, any location around here,” he added.
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Pity the council officials, a private security firm and members of the gardai didn't move in and kick them out