Today President Michael D. Higgins was presented with our Traveller Ethnicity pin at a special ceremony at Áras an Uachtaráin with a group from Pavee Point Traveller & Roma Centre.
The Traveller Ethnicity Pin was created to celebrate the Irish State’s formal acknowledgement of Travellers as a distinct ethnic group in Irish society on 1st of March this year.
“Wearing this pin,” said Martin Collins, Co Director Pavee Point “is a way of expressing support for the inclusion of Irish Travellers in Irish society.
“The wheel represents the uniqueness of Traveller identity and culture and the harp asserts our Irishness and the role we have played and will continue to play in Irish society.”
“Wearing this pin is a celebration and we hope people – settled and Traveller – will use this as an opportunity to be positive about the future of our society.”
Sabina Higgins and Equality Minister David Stanton, TD proudly wore the pin at today’s event.
We also produced a leaflet that answers questions about Traveller ethnicity and outlines how ethnicity fits in to the overall strategy on achieving equality for Irish Travellers. Click on image below for pdf of leaflet.
If you would like Traveller Ethnicity Pins to share with colleagues or Travellers in your area – please contact Caoimhe McCabe at (01)8780255 ext 140 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.