It appears that the pot of gold is not completely empty, seeing that the council in Tipperary has spent almost 500,000 on a "luxury home" for a local traveller family. Ballina in Tipperary isn't Dublin 4 and 0.5 million buys a lot.
Based on reports local residents are irrate and are blockading the home to prevent the traveller family from moving in.
Are councils in your area spending 0.5m per council house?
http://www.independent.ie/national-news ... 72138.html