Kilkenny TD calls for urgent action over ‘shocking’ Traveller living conditions
A local TD has called for urgent action needed to address the “shocking living conditions” for children and families in the Traveller community.
Deputy Kathleen Funchion, Sinn Féin’s spokesperson on children, called on the Government to address “as a matter of urgency” the findings of a report by the Children’s Ombudsman into Travellers’ living conditions.
The report found some families in certain local authority regions have problems accessing basic living conditions. It also found discrimination against travellers is still prevalent.
Commenting on the report, Deputy Funchion said: “This damming report highlights significant failures by an unnamed county council that are simply unacceptable in a modern Ireland.
“I like so many others, read the utterly shocking stories of rat infested accommodation, very poor bathing and showering facilities, wet and damp living quarters, faulty fire and carbon monoxide monitors and children playing in piles of garbage.”
The Carlow-Kilkenny TD (pictured below) said hearing stories from children of “going to school dirty and smelly would break anybody’s heart”
She added: “The most worrying finding in the Ombudsman’s comprehensive report is the deep-seated discrimination within the unnamed county council against the Traveller community.
“There can no longer be any tolerance of degrading treatment of our Traveller communities and the Government must commit as a matter of urgency to addressing the ten recommendations contained with the report.”
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