Today’s publication of the new National Traveller Roma Inclusion Strategy (NTRIS) provides a much-needed roadmap for Traveller and Roma inclusion that outlines positive commitments across departments and agencies.
“The new Strategy reflects a partnership approach, demonstrated through the development of the NTRIS steering group and national consultations. We commend the work undertaken by the Department of Justice and Equality and Equality Minister, David Stanton, TD to lead and steer this process,” said Martin Collins, Co-Director, Pavee Point Traveller and Roma Centre.
“We now look forward to working in partnership with departments and agencies to ensure that the strategy has impact and positive outcomes in the lives of Roma and Travellers.
“NTRIS, as a living document, can be developed into a plan that will transform the experience of Travellers and Roma in Irish society and address serious human rights issues facing our communities,” he said.
In particular, we welcome some significant commitments by departments and agencies:
The Department of Justice and Equality commits to support and value Traveller culture, identity and heritage within Irish society.
The Department of Health and the HSE commit to an action plan to improve Traveller health
The Department of Health and the HSE commit to a community health project to improve Roma health.