Carlow's local authority has spent none of the €167,000 allocated for Traveller accommodation this year, new figures have revealed.
The information was published in response to a Parliamentary Question from Sinn Féin TD Eoin Ó Broin who asked the Minister for Housing about the Traveller accommodation allocations for each local authority for 2018 and the drawdown to date.
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.
Minister Eoghan Murphy provided figures which showed that Carlow County Council hasn't spent any of its €167,740 funding allocation for Traveller accommodation in 2018.
In a written response on November 7, Minister Murphy said: "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.
"The allocations and recoupment profiles for capital Traveller accommodation projects can vary across local authorities given local priorities, circumstances and project timelines as set out in the TAPs.
"Local authorities adopted the fourth and current round of TAPs in 2014, with five-year rolling programmes running from 2014 to 2018. These programmes provide a road map for local authority investment priorities over the period.
"They also form the basis for the allocation of funding from my Department for Traveller accommodation. Preparations are underway for the fifth TAP programme in respect of the period 2019-2024."