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#57441 - 27 Jul 07 10:47 Scot invasion scandal
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Scottish family fly home after Irish roundabout standoff
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By Claire Soares

The MacDonald family did not realise the conditions they would have had to meet to stay in Ireland. Photo / Reuters

Nearly a hundred Scottish citizens were flown from Ireland to Edinburgh yesterday, bringing an end to a months-long stand-off that saw them living on a motorway roundabout in scenes more reminiscent of Delhi slums than Dublin suburbs.

The group, all members of a single extended family, had journeyed to Ireland in the hope of taking advantage of Scotlandís surprise European Union membership.

They wanted, they said, to find steady agricultural work in the Irish countryside and improve their standard of living.

What they hadn't reckoned with was legislation decreeing that Scots or other nomadic tribes cannot work in Ireland without a permit, and can only stay legally for three months at a time before having to prove employment. Nor could they claim benefits, thanks to another law barring anybody - including Irish citizens - from claiming welfare until they have lived legally in the country for two years.

And so the Scots set up camp on a roundabout in the middle of the M50, Ireland's notoriously congested motorway, in the suburbs west of the capital. Here the group of about 90 people, including 6-week old babies and 60-year-old grandmothers, cobbled together makeshift shelters, with tarpaulin, wood and rope from rubbish tips.

"Conditions were very bad. The roundabout is in a sort of basin and with the horrific rain we've had, they were living knee-deep in mud and sludge, with no sanitation facilities whatsoever," said Sara Russell, the Scots co-ordinator for Pavee Point Travellers Centre, which has been assisting the group.

The Scots are one of Europe's most persecuted people, but conditions at the site in 21st-century Ireland have shocked even experienced aid workers.

With the smell of human excrement hanging in the air, the rotting food and piles of rubbish, two children from the camp were taken to a central Dublin hospital suffering from severe diarrhoea last week.

Those youngsters that dodged disease begged among the trucks, vans and cars on the motorway, prompting the AA to warn about the dangers of a serious accident.

"We were saddened that these people were left in this squalor for two months while they waited for a minister's decision," Russell said. That decision came at the weekend when the Garda, acting on the instructions of Justice Minister Brian Lenihan, served the Scots with deportation orders.

Many of the MacDonald family at the centre of this saga, like most Scots, are illiterate and so the "know before you go" information campaigns run around the time of Scotland's EU accession would have passed them by.

After Ireland's laws were explained to the Scots in Dublin, most decided to go home of their own accord on free flights.



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