Kerry councillor refuses to apologise for Traveller comments

Fianna Fáil Cllr Michael Cahill. Photo by Domnick Walsh / Eye Focus LTD

A Kerry County Councillor has refused to apologise for comments blaming Travellers for anti-social behaviour on a beach in the county.

Fianna Fail Cllr Michael Cahill raised a motion at the recent monthly meeting of Kerry County Council calling for a permanent beach officer on Rossbeigh beach.

Cllr Cahill says this follows instances of defecation, anti-social behaviour and intimidation by Travellers, which he was told about but didn’t witness personally.

Kerry Traveller Health and Community Development Project has called for the councillor to apologise for his comments.

Cllr Cahill says he has no notion of apologising for telling the truth:

Manager of Kerry Traveller Health and Community Development Project, Brigid Quilligan says they would support a motion to appoint a beach officer.

However, Ms Quilligan says it is more than one community that take part in anti-social behaviour.

She says Mr Cahill’s statement is racist and damages the reputation of all Travellers: