LOCAL AUTHORITIES in Waterford last night evicted a couple and their three children, including twins suffering with Down syndrome, from their home at a city halting site.
The O’Reillys said yesterday that they fear for the health of their children James (3) and twin girls Charmaine and Nikita (18 months), who both have Down Syndrome and bronchitis.
So here’s where the country has got to. I honestly didn’t think that recession included the receding of the warmth of human kindness. Have to rethink that one. But I’ve been wracking my brains as to how – on absolutely any level – the city of Waterford can actually be served by the actions of its council in the eviction of this young Traveller couple last week.
In this era of bad decisions and poor management, WCC has just made a monumentally memorable cock-up.
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I suggest you mark your envelope ‘Thundering Clowns Competition.’
Update: Feb 5th
Having sent an email to the Council last night, I received the reply below this a.m. To be commended on their speedy response time, if not their volume of info.
Joe Sullivan <jsullivan AT waterfordcity DOT ie> 5 February 2009 22:36
To: nmcgivney AT gmail DOT com
I refer to your email, and I understand your concerns for the family,
however I presume you have based your email on the elements of the case reported in the media, which do not in any way reflect the full context surrounding this case. The Judge considered the case fully and made his decision. I trust that this info is of assistance.
Waterford City Council
From: nmcgivney AT gmail DOT com
Sent: 04 February 2009 21:37
Subject: Council Business Traveller evictions
I only heard today about the decision to evict the O’Reilly family from their home. Appaling decision, whatever the reasons. This shames Waterford in the eyes of not just right thinking Waterford people, but the entire world. Is this the humanity that the wake of the economic boom has spawned in the Southeast? No alternative to this
fiasco could be found? And fiasco it is, on every conceivable level. I am father to an infant with Down syndrome, I know the hardship and difficulty it can bring. And I do not have to deal with Traveller bias OR twins. I’m judging it purely on these terms, and so should whoever made the appaling decision in the first place. Waterford, a town and county I have respect for and greatly admire, has lost standing.
Written with regret this 4th February 2009.
More to follow as the facts emerge.