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Actor John Connors who plays Patrick in Love/Hate with Neili Conroy who plays his sister Kitty.

Actor John Connors who plays Patrick in Love/Hate with Neili Conroy who plays his sister Kitty.

Actor John Connors who plays Patrick in Love/Hate with Neili Conroy who plays his sister Kitty.

Love/Hate actor John Connors has described how his family are living in "third world conditions in a first world country" as their campsite continues to lack basic amenities such as electricity.

Connors, who plays Traveller Patrick in the crime drama, said that he had been waiting for electricity to be installed on their site for more than three years.

The community have been living at the site, which was used for the filming of Love/Hate, near Clare Hall Shopping Centre for 14 years.

The actor also said it was "poetic justice" that his adversary Nidge was killed off on the show.

"I wouldn't say he [Patrick] got satisfaction from it, but the character [Nidge] was going too far and I think that if he had lived, as a writer Stuart would have been thinking morally, letting a fella get away with it would sort of glamorise it", he said.

"It was poetic justice that Patrick put the nail in the coffin, as he was probably the only gangster who had the right justification."

He also spoke about another murder committed by his character on Packy [Thomas Collins] saying he was "glad" he killed him and if the circumstances had happened in real life, he would probably have done the same.

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"I understood his actions… I understood why he was killing this person and if I were in the same position I would probably do the same myself because he tried to kill his son, he tried to put a bullet in his head," he explained.

John also described how he was a victim of bullying when he was younger - from being labelled a 'pikey' and 'knacker' to physical assaults from older boys.

"It was physical bullying from fellas who were older. The thing is with Traveller culture, when you're brought up without a father, it's easier to be bullied," he added.

Speaking on RTE radio, the actor also talked about his decision to return to living on his family's campsite, having lived in a house for the previous six years.

He said he felt uncomfortable "surrounded by four concrete walls".

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