This week Pa Reilly and Gabi Muntean of Pavee Point spoke to staff of the Dept. of Employment Affairs and Social Protection on preventing discrimination and promoting equality. This was part of training on Public Sector Equality and Human Rights Duty organised by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission.

“Giving the experience of Travellers when seeking employment is key to DEASP. The last Census shows an 80% unemployment rate among Travellers and we need targeted initiatives to combat discrimination,” said Pa Reilly.

“About 20% of Roma in Ireland,” said Gabi Muntean, “Have difficulty in accessing PPS numbers and this has a big impact on Roma accessing services and medical cards.. And the unemployment rate for Roma in Ireland is 85%.” *

All public bodies in Ireland have responsibility to promote equality, prevent discrimination and protect the human rights of their employees, customers, service users and everyone affected by their policies and plans. This is a legal obligation, called the Public Sector Equality and Human Rights Duty –

*National Roma Needs Assessment