Statement from the Irish Traveller Movement: As everyone will know, an unimaginable tragedy took place on Saturday morning which claimed ten lives. Please see the statement from Southside Travellers Action Group.
ITM as a collective is asking where possible that local Traveller groups set up local books of condolence so that members of the community, Traveller and non-Traveller, have a possibility in their locality to show their support and pay their respects. This is such a tragedy that has effected the community across the country so where possible if Traveller groups can create a space for people to pay their respects. If groups have a space to do this, could they communicate this as widely as possible and also let us know in ITM as we have had numerous requests via our Facebook page on how people can do so. Also, in terms of donations to support the family details will be made available on STAG’s website on Monday (12th) and ITM will share those as well via Twitter, Facebook & ezine.
Statement from Southside Travellers Action Group Southside Traveller Action Group: Sandyford remained open today to provide support and comfort for families bereaved by
the fire tragedy in Carrickmines on Saturday. The group will meet with Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Co Council again today to address the immediate accommodation needs of the 14 people left homeless as a result of the fire and who are currently in emergency accommodation. The primary focus of today is centred on the injured and bereaved. Currently 2 people remain injured and in hospital, both children, 1 in a stable condition and 1
in serious but stable condition. We are not in a position to confirm the identities of the adults and children who died and await Garda and family clearance. Support for the bereaved is being coordinated by the Southside Traveller Action Group and in conjunction with the HSE/ Gardai /Traveller Counselling Service and pastoral support. Counselling services as well as practical help for families and friends of the bereaved will be also made available in the difficult days and weeks ahead. A meeting with HSE/Department of Social Protection / Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Co Council will be held tomorrow to discuss the immediate and ongoing needs of the families. A fund to help the 14 people who have been made homeless by the tragedy and who are all interrelated to the bereaved is being coordinated by the Vincent De Paul society and will be available tomorrow (Monday) morning for donations to be made. As soon as these details are available they will be issued to the public and on the website of Southside Traveller Action Group. A book of condolences is also being opened tomorrow by the Irish Traveller Movement in the city centre, the location of which will be made available on their Facebook page. According to Geraldine Dunne Director of
the Southside Traveller Action Group “We want to convey our sincere thanks to the many people locally and nationally who have contacted us and have shown remarkable kindness with offers of help and support and for the books of condolences established to reflect that. Also to services given by the Gardai, the Ambulance and Fire Services, the hospitals attending the injured, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Co. Council, Southside Partnership and the HSE. We ask now that the media at this time would observe the needs of the family to privately grieve and bury their loved ones in the coming days” For further information contact Fran O’Rourke firstname.lastname@example.org or on 086 0512663 or Jacinta Brack
Communications Coordinator of the Irish Traveller Movement email@example.com