Even and Traveller organisations to promote Traveller

Even though travelers or gypsies are a very small part of
Irelands population (less than one percent), They do unfortunately experience
lots of disadvantages with relation to getting access to healthcare, procuring
housing and also establishing a stable job for themselves.

In the census taken in 2011 it stated that just over 11
percent of travelers lived in a mobile home or a caravan, this accommodation is
extremely likely to have overcrowding which had a figure of over 80 percent in
the 2011 census and also another extremely important resource that travelers
also lack is their lack of access to broadband, in the 2011 census only 9
percent of travelers mobile homes or caravans had proper internet access
(broadband etc.)

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One of the biggest differences and issues with regards to
social inclusion of travelers is how difficult it is for them to find stable
employment, Espicially between the ages of 25 and 65 in 2011 the levels of
unemployment of travelers in this age group reached as high as 82 percent, when
we compare this with the rate of unemployment in the settled community Ireland
which at this time peaked at 17 percent we can see that this is another effect
of how travelers are being socially excluded in Ireland. (Watson, Kenny and
McGinnity, n.d.)

Since the National Traveller Health Strategy 2002–2005 and
the National Intercultural Health Strategy 2007–2012, there has been no
specific strategy to address Traveller health inequalities. The health pillar
of the National Traveller and Roma Integration Strategy (2011) described the
current infrastructure but brought no new proposals. The latter has been
criticised for not involving Travellers in its development, being fragmented in
its approach and lacking co-ordination with other state polices, with no funding
linked to actions and no provision for monitoring of targets (Pavee Point,
2014b; European Commission, 2012 and 2014). The Department of Health’s National
Traveller Health Advisory Committee has not met since 2012. The HSE National
Traveller Health Advisory Forum, established in 2007, continues to work with
Traveller health units and Traveller organisations to promote Traveller health,
but this still isn’t enough for travelers to be conceived as a socially
included group (Watson, Kenny and McGinnity, pg 29)

As recently as the 1960s, Travellers were identified as
‘itinerants’ in policy documents; the aim was to ignore their cultural
traditions and to corralthem into housing projects. Beginning in the 1980s, the
state began investing in Travellers, with ‘provision for education,
accommodation, health, community development, equality and related fields, both
through specialized, targeted programmes and mainstream funding’.

 Furthermore, equality
legislation made discrimination against Travellers an offence. However, the
failure of Irish governments to recognize Traveller ethnicity remains .In April
2014, the Committee on Justice, concluded that it was ‘unsustainable’ for the
state to continue to reject the ethnicity of Travellers. This report from a
parliamentary committee was, however, immediately ridiculed by the chairperson
of the governing Fine Gael party because, he claimed, it had about it the air
of ‘political correctness’. (Garrett, 2015)