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Thursday, 26th March 2020

Reassurance for caravan park residents – O’Dowd

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Deputy Fergus O'Dowd.

There was quite a deal of consternation among people who live in caravans when the Taoiseach announced the closure of tourist caravan parks among the measures to combat Covid-19.

Today local Deputy Fergus O’Dowd, having sought clarification from Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy, stated that protections have been put in place for anyone who is currently residing in a caravan park where it is their primary residence.

“I have received a number of representations from very concerned residents who are currently in limbo as to what they should do following on from government recommendations to close all caravan parks” O’Dowd said.

“Yesterday morning I spoke at length with the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Eoghan Murphy TD, to see if an exemption could be put in place for the individuals and families who currently permanently reside on site throughout the country.

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The Minister contacted Deputy O’Dowd today and has given reassurance that anyone residing permanently will be allowed to remain.

Statement from Minister Murphy:

“On Wednesday, as part of the package of new measures to tackle COVID-19, the Government announced the closure of tourist/caravan parks.

Since then, a number of local authorities have been contacted by people who had been residing in caravan parks and were concerned about having to leave.

I want to clarify that the closure of the caravan parks relates to the need to restrict tourism activity and the movement of people during the current crisis. It does not apply to people living permanently on the sites.

The owners of such caravan parks are asked to ensure that people residing permanently on these sites are allowed to remain.”

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