Independent Review Highlights Flaws in Relation to Traveller Accommodation
As part of Rebuilding Ireland an independent review of funding of Traveller accommodation programmes was carried out in 2017.
This review highlights the flaws that are impacting on the lives of many Travellers. These flaws need to be addressed urgently. In this context we welcome a promised review of the 1998 Traveller Accommodation Act.
According to the review published recently, Traveller accommodation targets have not been met at any point since they were made mandatory on local authorities 18 years ago.
The report also finds that more than €55 million provided for Traveller housing remains unspent since 2000 and just 6,394 of the 9,390 – or 68 per cent – units of Traveller accommodation promised have been provided.
The report identifies challenges to be addressed:
Planning issues, specifically in relation to opposition to planning applications by settled residents and Elected Representatives, as identified by Traveller and local authority representatives
Providing an effective assessment of need process, as the consultation highlighted the current process underestimates need
Delivery of effective monitoring and reporting processes