Pavee Point is delighted to have worked on the first Government commissioned national needs assessment of Roma in Ireland.  ‘Roma in Ireland – A National Needs Assessment’ was launched on the 18th of January 2018.

See Launch Report and Press Statement

‘Roma in Ireland – A National Needs Assessment’ pdf

The report provides a better understanding of the experiences of the Roma community in accessing public services in Ireland. The national Roma needs assessment was undertaken by Pavee Point in partnership with the Department of Justice and Equality.

The aim is to provide a better understanding of the level and type of experience of Roma in accessing public services in Ireland and to identify areas requiring further consideration. This is the first participatory research project of its kind with Roma in Ireland.

The research was undertaken with 14 Roma peer researchers. The study adopts a mixed-methods approach including:

  • Quantitative analysis in 108 Roma households; (information on 609 household members)

  • Collection of qualitative data (30 interviews and 8 focus groups) with service providers and Roma;

  • Consultations with other relevant ‘experts’ in the field.

This training has been a great uplifting experience and I have learnt new skills.  I have trained with a really great group of Roma and I’m very happy to be part of the first group of Roma peer researchers in Ireland.  I want to be part of making this change happen for Roma in Ireland, if not for me for the future – Delia, Dublin.

I am very glad to be part of this research because I want Roma to have our voices heard at the highest levels.  We have to tackle discrimination.  We want to be seen as human beings and not by our stereotypes – Gina, Tralee.

I think it’s important that we are shown in a better light.  I hope this research will improve things for our community so that we don’t have to hide who we are.  We want to contribute to Irish society – this is our home – Julias, Ennis.

Aims of Research

      • The Assessment provides a socio-economic analysis of the situation of Roma in Ireland, using a thematic approach (education, health, housing, employment, domestic violence, child welfare, legal status and community safety) and makes recommendations across Government departments and in relation to service provision for Roma.

      • A demographic profile  of Roma in Ireland is provided – including country of origin, family composition, age structure, regional and local areas where Roma live.

      • The  report will be used to feed into Government strategies.


      • Review of literature relating to Roma in Ireland and internationally;

      • Quantitative analysis in over 100 Roma households;

      • Collection of qualitative data through interviews and focus groups with Roma and service providers;

      • Consultations with other experts in the field;


In July 2014, the Report of the Inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the removal of two Roma children from their families was published (the ‘Logan Report’).  The report recommended that an assessment of need would be undertaken.  Following this recommendation the national needs assessment of Roma was commissioned by the Department of Justice and Equality.

“I am working with a family with a sick child of only five months. It is very difficult to communicate, they need an interpreter. The child has no GP or vaccinations and the parents said they did not know how to get a GP. They live in a bedsit with the father’s brother’s family. There are four adults and two children in the same room. The mother and father sleep with their baby on a mattress on the floor. They have no bed for themselves or cot for the baby.” Reported by a service provider.


Pavee Point and the Department of Justice and Equality worked collaboratively to steer the research.  Pavee Point managed the research process and worked with a principal researcher and peer researchers to complete the project. A research advisory group consisting of representatives from Departments, statutory and civil society organisations, acted in an advisory capacity to the research.

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