Martin Collins is Co-Director of Pavee Point Traveller & Roma Centre and a Traveller rights activist for over 30 years.  He represented Pavee Point on the Government Task Force on Travellers in the early 90s which resulted in a shift to interculturalism in terms of the Government’s approach to Traveller issues. 

He was a strong advocate for state recognition of Traveller ethnicity which took place in 2017.  Martin was also a Human Rights Commissioner between 2002 and 2007. He is currently a member of the Advisory Committee for the Council of Europe Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities.