Belfast Telegraph

Probe into Travellers' site facilities

By Michael McHugh

The Human Rights Commission is to investigate Travellers' accommodation in Northern Ireland.

A quarter of those questioned have said their residences are unhealthy and many have concerns about safety.

A lack of footpaths, public lighting, fire hydrants, play areas, plumbing, washing facilities, electricity and refuse management are among the issues mentioned, according to the commission.

Chief commissioner Les Allamby said: "The Northern Ireland Executive and other authorities are required by human rights law to fulfil the right to adequate housing and must ensure non-discrimination.

"Examining these aspects in relation to Travellers' accommodation will be the principal focus of the commission's investigation."

The Housing Executive has outlined the need for appropriate accommodation for Travellers.

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