Catherine O'Mahony: We need to be more honest about Travellers

The fire tragedy in Carrickmines threw into sharp relief the uncomfortable fact that many people do not regard Travellers as being the same as themselves

18th October, 2015
Flowers, messages and toys are left at the scene of the fire in which ten people died at a halting site at Carrickmines in Dublin. Picture: Stephen Collins/Collins

We need to be more honest about Travellers.

All told, the reaction to last weekend’s horrible tragedy at a Carrickmines halting site has crystallised a grubby and uncomfortable truth: many (settled) Irish people do not regard Travellers as being the same as themselves.

What else could explain the protests by locals to a new temporary site being constructed for survivors of the Carrickmines fire?

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