travellers

  • A conference in Galway will today hear that the lack of accommodation for travellers is beyond crisis point.

    Over the past twenty years, less than half of the 2,200 halting sites promised by the Government have been delivered.

    It's forced over 2,000 individuals into the private rented sector, where it's claimed they're more likely to face discrimination and eviction.

    Director of the Irish Traveller Movement, Bernard Joyce, says that's failing everyone.

  • The first site by site survey of facilities and conditions for Travellers in Galway has found widespread violations of human rights standards.

    The report, released today, was carried out by the Galway Traveller Community in cooperation with the county's Traveller Movement.

    It found the main problem areas are sanitation, water and power supply.

  • The Labour Party in Galway-West has called on Presidential candidate Peter Casey to withdraw from the race for the Áras, following comments he made in relation to the travelling community.

    Peter Casey said it's 'just wrong' that travellers are given special status.

    He made the comments on the Independent.ie podcast 'The Floating Voter' while discussing a housing dispute over stables in Tipperary.

    In his conversation with Kevin Doyle, Peter Casey also said that the travelling community don't pay their fair share of taxes

    There are now calls for Peter Casey to drop out of the race, with traveller advocacy group Pavee Point describing his comments as 'ill informed and offensive'.

    Responding to Peter Casey's comments on travellers, the Mayor of Galway Níall McNelis said his remarks are outrageous and far from what we expect from a President or presidential candidate.

    The Labour Councillor says the Oireachtas has recognised the status of the Travelling Community as a distinct ethnic group within our country - a group that has long suffered from discrimination, deprivation and exclusion.

    Mayor McNeilis says it's time for Mr Casey to withdraw from the contest

  • Travellers’ Journey is a new exhibition on show at the Museum of Country Life in Turlough, Castlebar,  and it was launched yesterday by the President of Ireland Michael D Higgins.

    It exhibits the life and traditions of the Traveller community in the west of Ireland and encourages discussion on a unique heritage and ethnicity.

     The exhibition is a collaboration between the National Museum and the Western Regional Traveller Health Network, covering  Mayo, Galway and Roscommon

    Rosa Meehan is the Curator at the museum and she says it’s a very exciting exhibition that will be on display until May 2019.