Catherine recently worked with Lucinda Creighton TD to address the issues surrounding travellers in the Pigeonhouse Road and Shellybanks Road area of the Poolbeg Peninsula. While some travellers had moved on from Pigeonhouse Road, there are ongoing issues in the area, and in particular with the current encampment on Shellybanks Road.
The current situation is very unsatisfactory from all perspectives. Neither the health and safety of the travellers who are camped there nor of the general public using the recreational facilities in the area are being provided for, and free access for the public to the Great South Wall is now a concern for the general public.
Catherine brought the matter up with Dublin City Council, but the Council claimed that its hands are tied because officially the land belongs to the ESB. Catherine asked them to pursue the matter with the ESB, and also worked through the offices of Lucinda to ensure that the ESB make this a priority.
On the 10th October the ESB, Dublin City Council and the Dublin Port Company met with the gardai to look for a coordinated resolution to the problem. The ESB have indicated to Catherine that the immediate problem will be resolved within a matter of weeks, which she welcomes.
However, although she welcomes a temporary solution, she is pushing the ESB and Dublin City Council for a permanent solution to this ongoing problem.