Councils could face sanctions over Traveller accommodation budgets

Government-appointed expert group proposes financial penalty for underspending

The St Margaret’s Traveller housing scheme in Ballymun, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The St Margaret’s Traveller housing scheme in Ballymun, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Local authorities failing to spend their Traveller accommodation budgets could face financial sanctions, under proposals being examined by Government-appointed expert group.

The Oireachtas Committee on Housing heard suggestions on Tuesday that councils not delivering Traveller accommodation should face, for example, having their roads budget cut “to focus elected representatives’ minds”.

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