« BackNumber of Traveller families in Kerry falls by 30 per cent in two years

The number of Traveller families living in Kerry fell by almost thirty per cent in two years.

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That’s according to an interim review of the Traveller Accommodation Programme, which is running from 2014 to 2018.

In 2013 there were 360 Traveller families living in Kerry, two years later this had fallen to 254.

In September 2016, there were a total of 3,916 qualified households for housing in Kerry and 110 of those were Traveller households.

The number of Traveller households seeking housing has remained around the same since 2014.

A refurbishment plan for St Michael’s Deerpark halting site has been completed and includes new fire safety regulations.

It had been proposed to build eight houses as part of the Mitchels Regeneration Project; one has been completed but following consultations with families only four units are now to be constructed.

From 2014 to 2016 permanent accommodation has been provided to 47 Traveller households.

A lack of funding for capital projects and a limited supply of rental properties have impacted on the council’s ability to provide housing.