Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Tuesday, 12 October 2021
Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government
Traveller Accommodation: Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage
If the Deputy will allow me, I will do my best to answer . There was one area I wish to respond to for Deputy Ó Cuív on who is responsible for the local authority network. Let us be clear and honest because the members are the guardians of the local authorities up and down the country.
On Deputy’s Crowe’s comments, it can be seen in my opening statement that I specifically referred to the transient sites and having an all-island approach in trying to respond to them.
On the trespass recommendation of the expert report, which was referred to by the Deputy, that is currently with the programme board. It has to liaise with the Department of Justice on the eviction notices and the 24 hours. Putting a cap, stall or moratorium on such evictions was one of the legislative provisions the Dáil voted on in emergency time. That did happen.