Dáil Committee recommends Traveller ethnicity ‘at the earliest date possible’
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The Oireachtas Joint Committee on Justice and Equality today (26th January 2017) recommended the State formally acknowledge Traveller ethnicity at the earliest date possible in 2017.
The Committee, comprised of 11 TDs and Senators from a range of parties and including Independents, urged the Taoiseach to make a statement to Dáil Eireann acknowledging that Irish Travellers are, de facto, a separate ethnic group. “This is not a gift to be bestowed…but a fact the State ought to formally acknowledge,” the report states.
The Committee heard from representatives of the four national Traveller organisations – Maria Joyce of the National Traveller Women’s Forum; Martin Collins and Ronnie Fay of Pavee Point; Bernard Joyce and Jacinta Brack of the Irish Traveller Movement; Thonas McCann of Minceirs Whiden; Emily Logan and David Joyce of the Irish Human Rights & Equality Commission; Anastasia Crickley, Chairperson of the UN Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and Dr. Robbie McVeigh.
The Committee also recommends that Government, once it has formally acknowledged Traveller ethnicity, should then conduct a review, in consultation with Traveller representative groups of any legislation or policy changes needed.
Committee Chairperson, Caoimhín O Caoláin and Martin Collins, Pavee Point
Barney Joyce, Director Irish Traveller Movement.
Committee Chairperson Caoimhghín O Caoláin with Thomas McCann, Minceirs Whiden
Committee Chairperson CaoimhIn O Caoláin with Maria Joyce, NTWF