MInister for the Environment Phil Hogan has defended his actions in writing a letter to residents in Bonnettstown assuring them that a named Traveller family would not be housed in the area.
The minister said he was entitled to lobby on behalf of his local constituents, and that the central issue had nothing to do with the fact that the family in question – the Carthy family – were members of the Travelling Community. It was, he said, related to a previous anti-social problem in the area with members of that family.
“There was an anti-social behaviour issue with that family who were already housed in that area,” he said.
“I brought that information to the attention of the local authority who are ultimately responsible for making the decision. They ultimately decided to house the family with special conditions on the tenancy.”
The minister said he disagreed with Eamonn Ó Cuív’s assertion that his intervention was an abuse of power.