MITCHELSTOWN PLAYGROUND HI-JACKED
Local residents were horrified when they found that more Travellers had encamped at a playground in Mitchelstown last weekend, writes Brian Moore.
Gardai and Cork County Council officials were on hand in an effort to move the Travellers on from the site in the housing estate in the town.
The last Traveller families to arrive in Mitchelstown now join the ranks of almost 50 caravans that are camped illegally around the town. Health and safety fears have been raised as there are no sanitary facilities at these sites.
Local Fianna Fail councillor, Frank O’Flynn is calling on Cork County Council to take urgent action.
“We have residents that are feeling intimidated and I have had reports of one local being bitten by a dog belonging to the Travellers. There is also a serious health hazard and something must be done now before more Travellers arrive,” Cllr O’Flynn said.
One resident who does not wish to be identified told The Avondhu of her fear for her children’s safety.
“They have a lot of dogs and the children are afraid and won’t go to the playground. What’s going to happen when they leave all their rubbish behind when they eventually decide to move on?”
A spokesperson for the council said that the situation was ‘extremely disappointing’.
“The dog wardens and council staff are aware of the issue and are investigating the matter further.”
Thursday 23rd July 6:58pm