Friday 21 October 2016

New homes being built for Traveller families left homeless by blaze

Rockville estate residents beside the proposed temporary site
Rockville estate residents beside the proposed temporary site

Work has already begun on preparing new homes for the extended family who were left homeless by the Carrickmines blaze.

Ten people, including a pregnant woman, died in the fire, which took place in the early hours of Saturday, October 10.

A Traveller housing scheme in south Dublin, which has been vacant for six years, has now been earmarked as the new home for the 15 people left homeless by the fire.

The local council aims to have the homes ready next year, and construction and refurbishment works have already started.

Glen Druid, a site on Shanganagh Road, which borders Killiney, has not accommodated travellers since February 2009, the Sunday Times reported.

The homes are due to be ready early next year, which should limit the amount of time required to house those affected on a temporary site which has been the subject of an impasse with local residents.

Talks are still continuing over the proposed emergency halting site at Rockville Drive, Carrickmines.

Housing officials at Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council are set to hold a further meeting with residents in a bid to end the impasse.

Residents have concerns over the council's promise that the temporary site would only be in place for six months.

One resident told the Herald yesterday that these concerns would not be assuaged by the preparation of the Glen Druid site. The concerns over whether the site in their area would be "temporary" remain, and also, it is felt that it is not suitable because it is too small.

Meanwhile, Communications Minister and local TD Alex White has urged that there be generosity from all sides, and from local residents "in the face of such a dreadful, dreadful tragedy".

"I would just ask people to be as open as they can," he said.

"We live in the real world as well. We understand the fears that people have and the concerns, sometimes perhaps real, sometimes perceived," Mr White added on the Marian Finucane show on RTE radio.

The first victims of the blaze will be buried at a service in Bray tomorrow.

The funeral for Willie Lynch (25), his partner Tara Gilbert (27) and their children Kelsey (4) and Jodie (9), as well as Willie's brother Jimmy (39) will take place at the Church of the Most Holy Redeemer in Bray at midday.


Meanwhile, Thomas (27) and Sylvia (25) Connors, and their children Jim (5), Christy (2) and five-month-old Mary will all be buried in Wexford later on this week.

There will be a removal to The Church of the Ascension of the Lord, Balally, in Sandyford, Dublin arriving at 5pm on Wednesday.

Their funeral Mass will be on Thursday, at 11.30am, in the Dublin church.

The funeral procession will then proceed to The Church of the Assumption, Bride Street, Wexford town, arriving at 5pm.

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