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Waterford council decision to not develop Traveller accommodation quashed by High Court

A decision by Waterford City and County Council to not develop traveller accommodation has been quashed by consent at the High Court.

Last March, it was voted 16-2 to not go ahead with the development of the seven-bay halting site in Carriclkphierish Road in Waterford.

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The decision was challenged by sisters-in-law Ellen Delaney and Mary O’Reilly who stated that the decision breached local authorities housing obligations while ignoring human rights legislation.

Mr. Justice Charles Meenan was told that the matter had been resolved and that it was agreed by both sides that an order could be made quashing the council’s decision. The council will have to pay legal costs.

The High Court was told that one of the applicants was living in a camper van while the other was in a mobile home, near the proposed halting site.

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They stated that no proper reason was issued by the council for not building the halting site.

It was claimed that that the proposed development was adopted by the elected members in 2020 by the council as part of its Traveller Accommodation Programme.

Solicitor for FLAC Traveller Legal Services Christopher McCann stated that his clients were both young mothers who were living in dangerous conditions “on the promise that the Council would provide them with a halting site consistent with their culture as Travellers”.

He added, “This situation must be rectified as a matter of urgency and short and long term solutions developed in keeping with the Council’s statutory obligations”.

IMAGE – “Criminal Courts of Justice, Dublin.” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by infomatique

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