A family of Roma who are encamped at the M50 roundabout in Ballymun have been subjected to racist attacks and slurs.

Sara Russell, the Roma co-ordinator with Pavee Point, told a news conference in Dublin this morning that eggs had been thrown and abuse shouted at the Rostas family late at night.

She also said that health officials in Ballymun had written about their concerns of an outbreak of an infectious disease at the camp.

More than 50 Roma adults and children have been living in what Pavee Point describes as horrific conditions for nearly two months.

A coalition of charity organisations has called for urgent action to address what it is describing as an humanitarian crisis.