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Traveller representatives resign in protest from Sligo accommodation committee

Yesterday afternoon (Thursday May 17) the Traveller representatives on the Local Traveller Accommodation Consultative Committee (LTACC) took the decision to resign after what they say is a complete lack of consultation with regards to the current plans for the Glenview halting site in Sligo town.

The LTACC members include county councillors, local authority staff and representatives from the Traveller community.

Its role is to “advise in relation to the preparation and implementation of the Sligo Traveller Accommodation Programme” and “advise on the provision and management of accommodation for Travellers". (Standing Order 1).

A Traveller spokesperson stated that, "The complete undermining of the role of the LTACC, where plans for Glenview halting site were developed by the local authority without any consultation or opportunity to input at the LTACC means that Traveller representatives can not in good faith carry on as members of a body where we did not have the opportunity to have our voices heard.

"In light of this, at yesterday's meeting a motion was brought forward by Traveller representatives to the LTACC outlining the lack of due process and consultation.

"The motion was put to a vote with all four Traveller representatives voting in favour, the four local authority reps voting against with the deciding vote cast by Chairperson Martin Baker who was the only one of four eligible county councillors to attend.

"Cllr Baker voted against the motion. We believe that the decision by the County Council staff members and Cllr Baker's decision to oppose our motion highlighting the complete lack of consultation is by default supporting what has occurred."

Bernadette Maughan, manager of Sligo Traveller Support Group, said, "We do not take this decision to resign lightly as the issue of improved and appropriate Traveller accommodation is something which we have always worked for and will continue to do so.

"This is not opposition to some very badly needed Traveller accommodation, this is opposition to a disregard of the function of the local traveller accommodation committee and a disregard for the voices of the Traveller representatives on it who along with other members of the Traveller community have serious issues with how these proposed plans have developed."