Travellers have always come second place in this state, What happened in the Carrickmines tragedy is a result of that. We just don’t matter to this government or the ones before it. You just have to look at the accommodation, and unhealthy living conditions to see it. They think we, the Traveller community, have nothing to give to Irish society, but people should not let the government or people in power fool them. Travellers have already made a significant contribution to Irish society and have so much more to give, if only we had equal opportunities, but all we get from this government is cut backs and let downs time after time, after time. This government needs to go ASAP – they put no value on Travellers, refugees, homeless, or the wider working class. I’m studying community and youth work. Something I’ve learned is never do anything for the community, without the community, NOTHING ABOUT US, WITHOUT US.
As a Traveller woman living on a halting site in Ballyfermot with abandoned living conditions, I call the people of Ireland to pull together and work in solidarity with the Traveller community, help us get what we deserve as human beings,
WE THE PEOPLE OF THE TRAVELLER COMMUNITY HAVE HAD ENOUGH. THIS TRAGEDY MUST NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN ON A HALTING SITE OR TO ANY OTHER FAMILY IN IRELAND.