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# Travellers

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2022
# Blind Justice
The Explainer x Noteworthy: Why are Travellers so overrepresented in prison?
Reporter Michelle Hennessy tells Susan Daly about Noteworthy’s latest project which examined the impact of the justice system on Travellers.
THE MORNING LEAD
Councils refusing homeless accommodation to Travellers using criteria 'with no basis in law'
A report by
Michelle Hennessy
Housing Minister told councils in 2020 that ‘local connection’ rule must not be a barrier to an emergency bed.
Housing Minister told councils in 2020 that 'local connection' rule must not be a barrier to an emergency bed
Investigation by Noteworthy and The Journal finds this is one of the many legal barriers for Travellers when it comes to housing
Expert: "This is... a test which has no existence in the law whatsoever"
The Explainer x Noteworthy: Why are Travellers so overrepresented in prison?
Blind Justice: How prison is leaving Travellers isolated and traumatised
# Investigation
Blind Justice: How prison is leaving Travellers isolated and traumatised
From unfair treatment to overuse of protection regimes, Noteworthy and The Journal investigate inequality in Ireland’s justice system.
From unfair treatment to overuse of protection regimes, Noteworthy and The Journal investigate inequality in Ireland's justice system
Reports of prison staff using anti-Traveller language, with experts saying 'systematic change' and 'accountability' is needed
Traveller Advocate: There is 'structural racism in the criminal justice system'
THE MORNING LEAD
Policing Authority 'not satisfied' with Garda Commissioner's comments on Traveller profiling
A report by
Michelle Hennessy
Commissioner told the Policing Authority that he didn’t believe the gardaí undertake racial profiling.
Commissioner told the Policing Authority that he didn't believe the gardaí undertake racial profiling
Investigation by Noteworthy and The Journal examines ethnic profiling of Travellers, gardaí reaction and changes required
Policing Authority: The oversight body will "not be leaving this alone"
# Discrimination
'How can we prove it?': Travellers highlight barriers to justice after incidents of discrimination
Traveller women who were surveyed said businesses may deploy “sneaky ways” to refuse them service.
# Women in Politics
Report details abuse experienced by women from ethnic minority backgrounds while canvassing
One interviewee described how some people “just open the door, it’s enough to see your face and they shut it again”.
# close the gap
Harris announces €450k funding to assist Traveller and Roma students in higher education
There is a significant gap in higher education between Travellers and the wider population, Minister Simon Harris says.
# IHREC
People refused entry to pubs don't get 'adequate access to justice' under complaints system
Human Rights Commission says current law disproportionately impacts minority groups.
# Court
Supreme Court discontinues injunction requiring Traveller family to vacate council-owned land
Clare County Council had secured an injunction from the High Court.
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# new report
TDs and Senators recommend public sector hiring targets to tackle Traveller unemployment
Recommendations of an Oireachtas report also include mandatory anti-racism training and temporary repeal of trespass legislation.
# Awards
Two Journal Media reporters win Irish Red Cross Journalism Excellence Award 2021
Maria Delaney and Michelle Hennessy won for their series Tough Start which investigated challenges faced by Traveller children.
# Galway
Concern for Traveller children in Galway living in 'cold and damp conditions'
Community groups said one site was left without heat or water for 18 months.
# Tough Start
Tough Start Live: How can the cycle of disadvantage be stopped for Traveller children?
Watch our discussion with key Traveller advocates on the major investigative series by Noteworthy and The Journal.
# Education
The Explainer x Noteworthy: Why are the school days of Traveller children being reduced?
Noteworthy’s Maria Delaney and social care worker Anne Marie Quilligan tell Susan Daly about the conditions faced by Traveller children in the country’s education system.
THE MORNING LEAD
'An ongoing risk': Hep A outbreak at council site left five Traveller children hospitalised
A report by
Cormac Fitzgerald
Noteworthy and The Journal investigate lack of action on Traveller-specific accommodation across the country.
Noteworthy and The Journal investigate lack of action on Traveller-specific accommodation across Ireland
Reporter Cormac Fitzgerald reveals hepatitis A outbreak likely caused by unsanitary conditions at site
Children speak about living in overcrowded trailers, waking up freezing and having no green space to play
Home by 10am: 'Misuse' of reduced school days leaving a generation of Traveller children 'lost'
Traveller health 'not being prioritised' despite 'shocking' outcomes for children
# Funding Failure
Funding red tape has led to low output of Traveller-specific accommodation
Noteworthy takes a deep dive into the funding issues that resulted in poor resourcing of housing projects.
THE MORNING LEAD
'Revolving door': Traveller women imprisoned for minor offences such as driving without tax
A report by
Maria Delaney and Michelle Hennessy
Noteworthy and The Journal examine the impact of the justice system on Travellers, with a focus on children.
Noteworthy and The Journal examine the impact of the justice system on Travellers, with a focus on children
Reporters Michelle Hennessy and Maria Delaney found young Travellers detainee numbers jumped last year
Children who spoke to the investigation team said they felt fear and anxiety around interactions with gardaí
Home by 10am: 'Misuse' of reduced school days leaving a generation of Traveller children 'lost'
Traveller health 'not being prioritised' despite 'shocking' outcomes for children
# Tough Start
Home by 10am: 'Misuse' of reduced school days leaving a generation of Traveller children 'lost'
Noteworthy and The Journal can reveal that many Traveller children are routinely put on ‘reduced hours’ at school – with at least one student on just 40 minutes a day.
Noteworthy and The Journal can reveal that many Traveller children are routinely put on 'reduced hours' at school - with at least one student on just 40 minutes a day
Reporters Maria Delaney and Michelle Hennessy work with Traveller focus groups to expose this issue
Over 60 children on one halting site in Munster received no digital supports during Covid lockdowns
Tough Start Live: How can the cycle of disadvantage be stopped for Traveller children?
The Explainer x Noteworthy: Why are the school days of Traveller children being reduced?
THE MORNING LEAD
Traveller health 'not being prioritised' despite 'shocking' outcomes for children
A report by
Maria Delaney
Noteworthy delves into the uphill battle facing Traveller children and reveals a lack of targeted health actions.
In its latest in-depth investigation, Noteworthy delves into the uphill battle facing Traveller children and reveals a lack of targeted health actions
Reporters Maria Delaney and Michelle Hennessy examine numerous obstacles to children's health
The Traveller Health Action Plan to be published 'soon' but advocates frustrated it has taken over a decade
'Revolving door': Traveller women imprisoned for minor offences such as driving without tax
Home by 10am: 'Misuse' of reduced school days leaving a generation of Traveller children 'lost'
# State failure
Children's Minister: 'There's ingrained institutional racism against the Traveller community'
Minister Roderic O’Gorman told Noteworthy that the State “has failed successive generations of Traveller children”.
Minister Roderic O’Gorman said that the State 'has failed successive generations of Traveller children' in an interview with reporter Michelle Hennessy
O'Gorman spoke to Noteworthy as part of a series into the challenges facing Traveller children in Ireland
He was 'surprised to see' the Cork City Council letter which hit back at the findings of the Spring Lane report
# Children's Rights Alliance
Many teenage Travellers not returning to school following pandemic closure challenges
Young Travellers found remote schoolwork extra challenging due to lack of access to digital and other resources during the pandemic.
# IHREC
Councils 'deficient' at identifying Traveller housing needs, human rights commission finds
The reviews show that between 2008 and 2018, of €168.8 million allocated to local authorities for Traveller-specific accommodation, just two thirds (€110.6 million) was drawn down.
# Oireachtas Committee
'You feel you're not welcome in Ireland': TDs told of anti-Traveller 'hate speech' during Covid-19
Representatives of Pavee Point appeared before the Oireachtas today.
# Culture
Government supports Bill on including Traveller culture and history in education
Education Minister Norma Foley said “much remains to be done” in creating a more inclusive and supportive education system.
THE MORNING LEAD
'Forgotten, we feel like garbage': Housing policies exclude Travellers, migrants and asylum seekers
A report by
Cormac Fitzgerald
Cormac Fitzgerald, for The Good Information Project, examines the figures and the significant barriers to access to secure living arrangements for Travellers and migrants.
The housing problem is at its most acute among minority groups, such as Travellers, migrants and asylum seekers.
Cormac Fitzgerald, for The Good Information Project, examines the figures and the significant barriers to access to secure living arrangements.
"It's an absolutely appalling national disgrace," says Bernard Joyce of the Irish Traveller Movement.
# Children's Rights
Rat infestations and overcrowding: Probe into Cork halting site exposes dangerous living conditions
Activists say the conditions negatively impact upon children’s rights.
# factcheck
Debunked: No, Travellers were not protesting outside a Dublin Pfizer plant for access to the Covid-19 vaccine
The claim was circulated on WhatsApp, Twitter and Facebook this week.
# Travelling Community
President Higgins says 'exclusion' of Travellers is based on 'unrepublican populist sentiments'
The President was speaking on International Traveller and Roma Day.
# appeal
Hotel operator attempts to overturn finding it discriminated against Traveller woman seeking to book wedding venue
The Bunratty Castle Hotel has appealed the finding.
# Third Level
€300,000 allocated to colleges to support Travellers in higher education
The funding is to support Traveller students progressing to higher education and during their studies.
# Courts
DAA adds Fingal council to action seeking vacant possession of land from Traveller families
The land had previously been leased to Fingal County Council to house Traveller families.
# new report
Two-thirds of Irish Travellers have faced discrimination, report finds
Travellers in Ireland reported having the lowest rates of employment in Europe, at just 15%.
# Covid-19
New €300,000 fund aims to support Travellers who want to study in third level
The fund will be used to support technology, study space, and caring responsibilities.
# online events
Traveller Pride week to be launched today by new Senator Eileen Flynn
The two-week catalogue of events will begin today with a live streamed launch.
# Tipperary
'Weaknesses all over the system': Call for review of 'State failures' in family rape case
The victims have questioned whether the fact that they are Travellers was a factor.
Voices
Opinion: 'Conditions for Travellers have been difficult in the Covid-19 shutdown'
Bernard Joyce of the Irish Traveller Movement says more needs to be done to protect Travellers during this pandemic and beyond.
# sites of despair
'The kitchens are sinking': Report highlights living conditions facing some Traveller families in Galway
A new monitoring report was published today by the Galway Traveller Movement.
# TWEET-GATE
Pavee Point director accepts apology from Lorraine Clifford-Lee, praises her 'positive approach'
Lorraine Clifford-Lee said she was unable to to say whether other tweets or comments might emerge.
# Tweets
'Hiding isn't going to make it go away': Fine Gael Ministers call on Clifford-Lee to apologise over social media comments
Lorraine Clifford-Lee has come under fire in recent days over controversial tweets she posted in the past.
# Apology
Fianna Fáil senator apologises for derogatory tweets that she says were 'taken out of context'
The tweets, which were posted in 2011, used words such as “knacker” and “Traveller” in a derogatory manner.