Just over €500,000 spent on Traveller accommodation in Roscommon

New figures show Roscommon County Council has spent nearly €532,000 on Traveller accommodation over the past three years.

Details released to Shannonside FM show the local authority’s total expenditure on Travellers in 2015, excluding central overhead, was just over €132,000.

This doubled in 2016 to €274,000, while the budget for 2017 is nearly €126,000.

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The council says there are currently 112 Traveller families in Roscommon, while there are two halting sites, located in Castlerea and Ballyforan.

Seamus O’Brien, a Sinn Féin activist in Castlerea, says the council has to maintain and monitor conditions at Traveller accommodation in Roscommon.