Local authorities who are failing to spend their Traveller acccomodation budgets could face financial sanctions, under proposals being examined by a Government-appointed expert group.

The Oireachtas Committee on Housing heard yesterday that, in the last year, 9 local authorities - including Mayo and Galway County Councils - have not spent a cent of their allocation for Traveller accommodation.

The committee heard from members of the expert committee established earlier this year by Minister of State Damien English to review the operation of the 1998 Traveller Accommodation Act and how local authorities are delivering Traveller accommodation.

They suggested that councils not delivering Traveller accommodation should face, for example, having their roads budget cut to focus the minds of elected representatives.

 

 

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