Sligo Traveller Support Group have strongly condemned the actions of both Sligo County Council and Fianna Fail TD Marc MacSharry over a meeting that took place between some Cartron residents and Council officials/staff in relation to the allocation of a home to a young Traveller family in Sligo town.
The case of the family has recently been in the media due to a number of acts of vandalism and attempted arson on the property in question. Sligo Traveller Support Group received information from a County Councillor that it was their understanding that an initial meeting of Cartron residents did take place in October with regards to the family moving to the area and a subsequent meeting between Marc Macsharry, residents and the Council also took place. Neither the family in question or Sligo Traveller Support Group were aware of or invited to any such meetings.
Jamie Murphy from the Sligo Traveller Support Group said “This is a very serious matter. Its our understanding that a meeting was arranged between a local TD, residents and Council staff with regards to the allocation of a home to a young Traveller family in the area. The matter of an allocation or any aspect of an individual’s or family housing situation is a strictly confidential matter and should not be open to discussion either formally or informally with any third party that does not have written consent of the applicant. We contacted both the TD in question and Sligo County Council to clarify exactly what happened but disappointingly neither were willing to make any specific comment on the matter so we have to work on the basis that the information we received was accurate. We ourselves as an organisation can only advocate on behalf of someone with their written consent, the idea that this meeting either formally or informally took place is shocking.