Almost €170,000 allocated for Traveller accommodation in Carlow this year

As of July 3 of this year, none of the money had been drawn down by the local authority

Carlow County Council was allocated €167,000 to meet the accommodation needs of Travellers in the county but up until July 3, none of the funds had been spent. 

Sinn Féin's Eoin Ó Broin asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government for the Traveller accommodation allocations for each local authority for 2018; and the drawdown to date for each local authority. 

In a written response at the beginning of last month, Minister Eoghan Murphy said: "In accordance with the Housing (Traveller Accommodation) Act 1998, housing authorities have statutory responsibility for the assessment of the accommodation needs of Travellers and the preparation, adoption and implementation of multi-annual Traveller Accommodation Programmes (TAPs) in their areas.

"My Department’s role is to ensure that there are adequate structures and supports in place to assist the authorities in providing such accommodation, including a national framework of policy, legislation and funding."

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He added: "The allocations and recoupment profiles for capital Traveller accommodation projects can vary across local authorities given the local priorities, circumstances and project timelines as set out in their Programmes, and generally tend to be weighted towards the second half of the year. 

"A reserve fund is in place which is available to all local authorities on a case by case basis and housing authorities have been requested to seek additional funding, should there be any additional projects they wish to develop."

A total of just over €11m was allocated nationwide to meet the accommodation needs of travellers. 

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