Phil Hogan called on to explain Traveller housing allocation letter
Updated: 12:52, Wednesday, 26 September 2012
inShare.0Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan has been urged to make a full statement over his apparent intervention in a housing allocation case to prevent a Traveller family from being housed.
Attempts in the Dáil by Sinn Féin's Mary Lou McDonald and Dessie Ellis to raise the case were ruled out of order by the Ceann Comhairle.
Ms McDonald held up the Daily Mail, saying Mr Hogan needed to be made aware that discrimination was illegal, including discrimination against Travellers.
Fianna Fáil's Éamon Ó Cuív said at face value it was a very serious issue.
He said that a minister interfering in a housing allocation process to prevent a Traveller family being housed on the basis of them being Travellers would be "an extraordinary abuse of power", as well as being illegal.
Mr Ó Cuív said the minister needed to come forward immediately and explain why he allowed a letter of this nature to be sent in his name and with his authority.
Seems he was also on local radio this morning discussing this and hung up live on air