A meeting of Sligo County Council had to be adjourned after councillors voted in favour of refurbishing a controversial halting site against the wishes of two Traveller families.

A protest was held earlier by the estranged McGinley and Ward families outside Sligo County Council headquarters at Riverside before this morning's June meeting of the Council.

The Ward family has been living in Glenview Halting Site on Ash Lane for the past 15 years and say there is only enough room for one family.

The McGinley family have been living illegally in Connaughton Road car park for the past 35 years and claim the Council is trying to move them into Glenview without consultation beside the Wards.

There are tensions between both families and neither wishes to live in such close proximity to each other.

Councillors voted to refurbish the halting site for six service bays and claimed it would send the wrong message to the Government if the money allocated for the project, €900,000, was turned down.

They also said the halting site was needed for other Traveller families.

Sinn Féin Councillor Chris MacManus claimed the site was "massively underused" and several other Traveller families in need of accommodation had sought halting bays as a long-term housing solution.

Only Independent Councillor Declan Bree and People Before Profit Cllr Gino O'Boyle voted against the proposal.

After the proposal was passed, Nora Ward shouted as she left the chamber: "What about the families that are going to be left homeless? I have no say. I'm there 15 years. I've eight children living in one small bedroom."

A short time later, Marie McGinley Snr came into the chamber, with her son Barney Jnr and daughter Marie Jnr, shouting "enough is enough". "We don't get on with that family".

Confronting Sligo County Council Chief Executive Ciaran Hayes, her daughter Marie said: "We have rights. We are human beings."

"You're the ones who voted 'yes'," shouted Barney Jnr as he photographed the members.

Leas-Cathaoirleach Keith Henry was forced to adjourn the meeting while the family left the chamber.

Speaking to the media outside afterwards, both families said Sligo County Council had made the "wrong decision" today in giving the green light to the refurbishment project.