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Over 40 Traveller groups to protest at the Dáil against racism

Organisers of tomorrow’s protest say it’s in response to a recent upsurge in anti-Traveller racism, “particularly from public representatives and members of the judiciary”.

Travellers march for ethnic recognition in Dublin in 2009.
Travellers march for ethnic recognition in Dublin in 2009.
Image: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

MORE THAN 300 members of the Travelling community, the general public, the Irish Traveller Movement, and from over 40 Traveller groups throughout Ireland are expected to protest outside the Dáil tomorrow against Traveller racism.

Damien Walshe of the Irish Travellers Movement said the protest is in response to a recent upsurge in anti-Traveller racism, “particularly from public representatives and members of the judiciary”.

It also follows the recent burning of a house allocated to a Traveller family in Ballyshannon, Co Donegal.

“A letter will be presented to the Taoiseach and the heads of all political parties calling on them to challenge instances of racism perpetrated by party members,” said Walshe. “It wouldn’t be acceptable for some of these comments to be made about any other group”.

The protest will begin at 13.30 outside the main entrance of Leinster House at Kildare Street, Dublin 2.

Read: Traveller group expresses ‘deep concern’ over judge comments >

More: Martin ‘very annoyed’ by Fianna Fáil councillor’s call to ‘segregate’ Travellers >

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