At present there are over 800 families living on the roadside. They have no toilets, water, electricity or washing facilities. They are living without the most basic facilities or access to services that the settled community takes so much for granted.
In response to this situation, some local authorities have built large temporary- type sites for up to 50/60 families. The quality of these sites is very poor, they are too large and the services provided are inadequate. No human being should be expected to live in this way. Although these sites are called temporary, they are anything but, are inclined to be in existence for anything up to 15 years or more. Since Travellers are off the roads and are hidden behind large mounds of earth, in large “ghetto- type sites” accommodation, the pressure is off the local authority to provide permanent, decent accommodation.
In this temporary site, the rats are everywhere, big as pups, it’s not healthy and is very bad for the children.
She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger because there was no room for them at the inn.