- Feb 5, 2019
They are probably having the rent paid under the HAP scheme. The rules do not allow payment for overcrowded accommodation so probably one family gets it and then allows others to move in.FROM ORLARED
North inner city Dublin is the Wuhan of Ireland for Covid-19 primarily due to the 5,000 Roma who live there, Newstalk has learned.
There has been five Roma deaths in total blamed on the disease.
The Newstalk report was quick to blame "marginalisation" and not the Roma's own attitude and behaviour despite one Roma admitting on air "I don't even think this virus exists. I think it's a trick." Another mentioned that they continue to meet in groups of 20 or 30.
Why such a large number of Roma are living in Ireland when they have a 90% unemployment rate and how they can afford to live in north inner city Dublin was not mentioned in the report.
Some 58 per cent of Roma who have undergone testing, and 43 per cent of Travellers, have tested positive for Covid-19, according to official figures. This has prompted Simon Harris to open a new Covid-19 assessment hub at the Mater Hospital in Dublin to work specifically with Roma and Travellers.
The overall positivity rate for all people tested has fallen to under 4 per cent.
Broadcast: The Pat Kenny Show | Newstalk | 14 May 2020