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A government report shows overcrowding is a significant problem in Kerry halting sites.Martin Mahon with David Essex LEFT TO RIGHT: David Essex and Martin Mahon from Tralee the Winner of the Culture Award, pictured at the fifth Traveller Pride Awards today Wednesday June 11th 2014 at the Pillar Room, Rotunda Hospital, Dublin, which celebrate the achievements and contributions travellers make to their own community and to Irish society in the areas of Education, Music, Youth, Sports, Arts & Culture, Enterprise & Employment and Community. Pic: Angela Halpin/Mac Innes Photography

Following on from the Carrickmines tragedy in October of last year, where ten people died, a report into fire safety in national halting sites was conducted.

It found all traveller accommodations were at risk due to serious overcrowding.

Kerry County Council, who had undertaken their own review, found similar issues.

They initiated a programme of works to address the issues and the necessary works are now substantially complete.

However, the Council are awaiting funding for one remaining property.

Martin Mahon, vice chair of Kerry Travellers Health and Community Development Project, says the findings not surprising.