Court challenge over Waterford Traveller accommodation resolved

Published date23 November 2021
Publication titleIrish Times: Web Edition Articles (Dublin, Ireland)
The High Court heard on Tuesday that as part of the settlement agreement, the local authority's decision is to be set aside.

Last March, Waterford City and County Council's elected members voted by 16 votes to two not to go ahead and build a seven-bay halting site at Carrickphierish Road, in Waterford.

Arising out of that decision, two members of the Traveller community - Ellen Delaney and Mary O'Reilly, who are sisters in law - brought judicial review proceedings against the council.

The matter was briefly mentioned before Mr Justice Charles Meenan, who was told the matter had been resolved and that it had been agreed by the parties that an order could be made quashing the council's decision.

The judge also informed that that the council is to pay the applicant's legal costs.

Mobile home

When the sction first came before the court last June, the High Court heard the one of the applicants is currently living in a camper van, while the other is living in a mobile home, close to the site of the proposed halting site.

No proper reasons for the decision were given, they claimed. They also claimed that the proposed development was adopted by the elected members in early 2020 by the council as part of its Traveller Accommodation Programme.

The elected members, when discussing the development, wrongly relied on erroneous assertions including that the...

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