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# Travelling Community

This week
3rd December 2023 - 9th December 2023
'We are being failed': Travellers protest at Dáil over mental health crisis in their community
National Traveller Mental Health Network chair Mags Casey told those gathered that the community “is on its knees at the moment”.
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Councils 'deficient' at identifying Traveller housing needs, human rights commission finds
The reviews show that between 2008 and 2018, of €168.8 million allocated to local authorities for Traveller-specific accommodation, just two thirds (€110.6 million) was drawn down.
President Higgins says 'exclusion' of Travellers is based on 'unrepublican populist sentiments'
The President was speaking on International Traveller and Roma Day.
Traveller family 'devastated' as gardaí investigate whether fire at council house started deliberately
The family was set to move into the house in the coming weeks.
'Weaknesses all over the system': Call for review of 'State failures' in family rape case
The victims have questioned whether the fact that they are Travellers was a factor.
Pavee Point director accepts apology from Lorraine Clifford-Lee, praises her 'positive approach'
Lorraine Clifford-Lee said she was unable to to say whether other tweets or comments might emerge.
New tweets emerge of Fianna Fáil's Lorraine Clifford-Lee using offensive term 'pikey'
In an exclusive interview with the Irish Examiner, the senator said that what she did was “wrong” and that she was sorry.
Garda suspended over video mocking Travelling community
The video was filmed ahead of a charity boxing match against a member of Dublin Fire Brigade.
Ireland's Got Talent finalist 'hurt' by online abuse about Traveller background
“I actually felt more hurt for the younger generation that they still have to face this.”
Travelling community challenge Peter Casey on Presidential campaign comments
Appearing on last night’s Late Late Show, Casey said that he does not discriminate against people.
'My mates used to slag Travellers. Soon I realised it was me they were slagging, because I came from that.'
Steo Wall, who has just released his first album ‘Where I’m From’, struggled with his Traveller heritage until he found the words to express it to others.
Peter Casey denies racism as he travels to site of Traveller dispute - but says it's not his issue to solve
Casey has been been roundly criticised by all his fellow candidates for several comments he has made about Traveller ethnicity.
'Appalling' and 'abhorrent': All five presidential rivals round on Casey over Traveller comments
Casey had said that travellers are “basically people camping in someone else’s land”.
Council denies promising accommodation for horses at new housing estate
Members of the Travelling Community have claimed that Tipperary County Council has failed to honour assurances about stables.
The last Traveller secondary school in the country has been given another year to plan for closure
The Department of Education says St Thomas’ Clonshaugh will close by June 2019 at the latest.
'I find it cynical, ignorant': Efforts made to rename Sligo halting site The Gaza Strip
A local member of the Travelling community wants to name the site out of solidarity with the plight of Palestinians.
Irish Travellers in the UK may face greater levels of discrimination post-Brexit
House of Lords member David Alton says the Irish Traveller community have “long faced significant prejudice in Britain”.
Over 6 months after Traveller ethnicity was recognised - what has changed?
Tinsmithing, education, and pride in who you are: the impact of one of the most momentous achievements for Traveller activists.
Traveller family take action against council over refusal to offer them housing
The family of seven are living in a caravan without basic facilities such as running water.
The 'silent killer' that affects one million people in Ireland
“It’s a ticking bomb, people are walking around with diabetes and [high] blood pressure and they’re not aware that they have it.”
Government initiative to encourage more Travellers to become teachers
The initiative is aimed at encouraging disadvantaged groups into the teaching profession.
'The grieving is absolutely unreal': Travelling community devastated after Clondalkin fire
The fire claimed the lives of four people when it broke out early yesterday morning.
'A borradh táileasc for the mincéir': Taoiseach speaks Cant as he recognises Traveller ethnicity
Taoiseach Enda Kenny said he hopes the move will have a “transformative effect”.
Traveller family launches legal action for Clare County Council to give them accommodation
They say they have been homeless since their previous accommodation was burnt down in 2015.
Irish Travellers win discrimination case after Wetherspoon's pub refuses them entry
They said they were turned away because they had come from the Traveller conference which was being held next door.
Silent candlelit vigil held outside Leinster House in memory of Carrickmines fire victims
“Have adequate safeguards been installed on halting sites to ensure that nothing like this occurs again?” the priest asked at the memorial service today.
School reverses decision to deny place to Traveller child
Education Minister Richard Bruton has said his department is taking steps to assist the boy’s family.
Half of Irish people don't want Travellers to have ethnic status
About one in three people would support such a move.
Ireland 'failing' to provide safeguards to Travellers facing eviction
A Council of Europe committee also found Ireland is not providing Travellers with adequate accommodation.
Most people don't want Travellers living in their community
The latest Claire Byrne Live/Amárach Research poll also finds that most people agree with residents opposing a temporary halting site in south Dublin.
Four-year-old remains in hospital after losing parents and siblings in fire
A 14-year-old boy was released from hospital yesterday.
Some visitors to this hospital 'urinated in lifts' and 'defecated on toilet floors'
The incidents took place at Enniskillen’s South West Acute Hospital after the death of a patient there.
Travellers are three times more likely to get TB
And they get it much, much younger.
Gay man from Travelling community shares wonderful #YesEquality letter from his sister
“Yes, of course yes!”
South Dublin County Council votes to recognise Travellers as an ethnic minority
Francis Timmons proposed the motion, describing it as “one of Ireland’s biggest human rights issues”.
School did not discriminate against expelled Traveller who waved fake penis at teacher
The child had been involved in numerous other incidents of bad behaviour.
Asbestos dumped on halting site was not removed for over four months
The National Traveller Partnership has said that Local Authorities have a “poor track record” in helping Travellers and should not be in charge of their finances.
Shatter: Gardaí don't collect data on people based on race or because they're travellers
Though gardaí are often under pressure to make quick decisions, Shatter said any kind of discriminatory profiling is totally unacceptable.
Justice Committee says Ireland should recognise Travellers as ethnic group
A report from the committee said the Taoiseach and Justice Minister should confirm this recognition and commence dialogue with representative groups about new legislation.
Councillor accuses Travellers group of "playing politics" over Cork site
The Traveller Visibility Group in turn accused Ken O’Flynn of spreading “misinformation” after he offered to spend the night there.