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Councils refusing to use Traveller housing funds could be sanctioned, Oireachtas Committee hears

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  • Nine councils did not drawn down any allocated funds for Traveller accommodation in 2017.
  • Just 67% of the total budget for Traveller accommodation over the last ten years has been used.

Local authorities failing to spend funds earmarked for Traveller housing could face financial sanctions, an Oireachtas Committee heard.

Nine councils have not drawn down any allocated funds for Traveller accommodation in the last year, according to UCD Professor Michelle Norris.

These were Laois, Mayo, Monaghan, Westmeath, Longford, Wexford, Kildare, Galway and South Dublin county council.

The Oireachtas Housing Committee heard suggestions from the social policy expert that councils not delivering could face budget cuts to encourage them to remember their responsibilities.

“Some local authorities have drawn down almost all the money available, and then some local authorities have a low draw down rate,” said Professor Norris, from the UCD School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice.

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