In 2015 we celebrated our 30th Anniversary and were delighted to have President Michael D. Higgins and Sabina Higgins visit our organisation as part of the those celebrations.  It was a great afternoon and the President’s speech was rousing and a great encouragement to all in our organisation.  Derek Speirs took some great photos of the event.

Derek’s photos also feature in our ’30 Years of Pavee Point’ publication.  This 170 page publication features over 400 photographs that chronicle the development of Pavee Point and records the steps and approach that Pavee Point has taken in helping to bring Traveller issues forward as human rights issues.

paveepointcoverAs President Michael D. Higgins said in his speech on the 18th November at Pavee Point: “The campaigns for equality and non-discrimination, for recognition of the status of Travellers as an ethnic minority and for access to essential services which Pavee Point has lead…have been grounded in a deep and profound understanding of the position of Travellers within the framework of human rights and the Irish State’s obligations to respect, protect and promote those rights.”

 

 

Guest of Honour President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina. Here the President with a Roma couple. ©Photo by Derek Speirs.

Guest of Honour President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina. Here the President with a Roma couple. ©Photo by Derek Speirs.

Guest of Honour, President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina, here with L to R, Stasia Crickley Chairperson Pavee Point, James Collins Tinsmith, Martin Collins Co-Director Pavee Point, Molly Collins, Ronnie Fay Co-Director Pavee Point and Gabi Muntean. ©Photo by Derek Speirs

Guest of Honour, President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina, here with L to R, Stasia Crickley Chairperson Pavee Point, James Collins Tinsmith, Martin Collins Co-Director Pavee Point, Molly Collins, Ronnie Fay Co-Director Pavee Point and Gabi Muntean. ©Photo by Derek Speirs

Guest of Honour President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina, here speaking to Missie Collins. ©Photo by Derek Speirs

Guest of Honour President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina, here speaking to Missie Collins. ©Photo by Derek Speirs

 

Maggie McDonnell and Bridgie Collins with President Michael D. Higgins.

Maggie McDonnell and Bridgie Collins with President Michael D. Higgins.

Gabi Muntean of our Roma Programme delivering her speech.

Gabi Muntean of our Roma Programme delivering her speech.

Co Director Martin Collins remembering his 30 years with Pavee Point.

Co Director Martin Collins remembering his 30 years with Pavee Point.

President Michael D. Higgins delivering his speech.

President Michael D. Higgins delivering his speech.

Tessa Collins talks to the President Michael D. Higgins and his wife about or Violence Against Women Project.

Tessa Collins talks to the President Michael D. Higgins and his wife about or Violence Against Women Project.

President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina speak with Men's Health Worker Michael Collins.

President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina speak with Men’s Health Worker Michael Collins.

President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina with Co Director Ronnie Fay and Assistant Primary Health Care Co-Ordinator Mary Bridget Collins.

President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina with Co Director Ronnie Fay and Assistant Primary Health Care Co-Ordinator Mary Bridget Collins.

Jilynn McLoughlin and Ann McDonnell of Early Learning Initiative  and  with President Michael D. Higgins.

Jilynn McLoughlin and Ann McDonnell of Early Learning Initiative and with President Michael D. Higgins.