Galway County Development Board
County Galway Traveller Interagency Group (TIG)
Traveller Interagency Strategy
2010 - 2013
Working together to Improve the delivery of services to the Traveller Community
Working together to Improve the Delivery of Services to the Traveller Community
Queries in relation to this strategy or the Group can be forwarded to: Valerie Kavanagh, Facilitator, County Galway Traveller Interagency Group, Social Inclusion Unit, Galway County Council, Prospect Hill, Galway. Email: [email protected] Tel: 091 476512
Acknowledgements Galway County Council, on behalf of Galway County Development Board, would like to acknowledge and sincerely thank all those that invested considerable time, energy and effort into developing this strategy. In particular, thanks to our Chairperson, Orla McCaffrey from Galway Traveller Movement, Loughrea Office, for her dedication and enthusiasm to this piece of this work. A special thanks to the Travellers who took participated in the Traveller Interagency Group, sub-groups and broader consultation. Your input is vital to the development of the strategy Also a big thank you to all of the agencies, organisations and individual members of the Traveller Interagency Group, sub-groups and those who took part in the consultation process. You all gave considerable time, energy and support to the development of the strategy. List of all those who participated Orla McCaffrey Galway Traveller Movement Frank Kelly FS Valerie Kavanagh Galway County Council Mary Syron HSE Martina Forde Na Cala CDP Joe Broder FS Donna Gleeson Galway Rural Development Imelda Byrne NUI Galway Mike ODwyer An Garda Siochna Liz Loftus National Association of Traveller Centres Kieran Coyne Galway County Council Eleanor Clancy National Association of Traveller Centres Pam Mahoney Galway Traveller Movement Mrs. Mary Ward, GTM Primary Health Project, Loughrea Mary Ward, GTM Primary Health Project, Loughrea Teresa Donohue GTM Primary Health Project, Loughrea Geraldine D. Ward GTM Primary Health Project, Loughrea Geraldine Harty GTM Primary Health Project, Loughrea Kathleen Ward GTM Primary Health Project, Loughrea Jane Ward GTM Primary Health Project, Loughrea Helen Ward GTM Primary Health Project, Loughrea Monica Delaney Dept. of Education & Science David Collins Western Traveller & Intercultural Development Orla Irwin Western Region Drugs Taskforce Owen Ward Western Traveller & Intercultural Development Mary Forde Galway County Council Conor Madden An Garda Siochna Mary Giblin Galway City & County Childcare Committee Jimmy Glynn Dept. of Social Protection Ellen O Loughlin GTM Primary Health Project, Loughrea, Winnie Mongan GTM Primary Health Project, Loughrea Catherine Cooney County Galway VEC Donato Freitas Aonad Family Resource Centre Eddie Mongan Aonad Resource Centre Mary T. Ward, GTM Primary Health Project, Loughrea Mary Foxton Na Cala CDP Michael McDonagh Aonad Resource Centre Caitriona McQuillan Galway County Council Fiona Stewart Galway Rural Development Maria Brennan Health Coordinator, Galway Traveller Movemnet Siobhn Noctor Aonad Family Resource Centre Ellen Mongan Galway County Council
Foreword By Orla McCaffrey, Chairperson, County Galway Traveller Interagency Group
As Chairperson of the County Galway Traveller Interagency group, I wish to acknowledge and
celebrate the completion of the Traveller Interagency Strategy 2010 - 2013. I wish to acknowledge the hard work and commitment of all those who took part in developing the strategy, through being involved in the Traveller Interagency Group itself, the sub-groups and by taking part in consultation
throughout the county. I particularly want to thank Travellers across County Galway who engaged with the development of this strategy in all of these areas. Also to Valerie Kavanagh Galway County Council for her great work in facilitating the development of the Strategy.
Travellers are acknowledged in many reports as one of the most marginalised groups in Irish society. Many Travellers fare poorly on all indicators used to measure disadvantage, such as
health status, educational attainment, poverty, unemployment, social exclusion and face inequality in their everyday lives. The recently published All Ireland Traveller Health Study Our Geels 2010 highlights that Traveller men now live an average of 15 years less than the general male
population, while Traveller women can expect to live 11 years less than the general female population. Traveller male suicide rates are almost 7 times those of the general population. Infant mortality rates for Travellers are 3.5 times the rate of the general population.
The report also acknowledges that Social determinants, such as education, accommodation, unemployment, discrimination, lifestyle and access/utilisation of services are the main causes of
the poor health status of Travellers. With this in mind, it is clear that an integrated cross-sectoral partnership approach is the most effective method towards addressing these issues and central within this is Traveller participation.
The team of people involved in developing this strategy worked to ensure Traveller participation and that the actions are relevant to Travellers in the County. This strategy will enable us to work
towards addressing inequality experienced by Travellers. It will develop stronger relationships between Travellers and agencies and key to its success is the participation and support of these agencies, as well as Travellers.
I believe there is a strong commitment and enthusiasm for this process and to achieving the actions set out in the strategy. I wish it every success and look forward to working with all of the
individuals and agencies involved over the next 3 years to ensure that Travellers in County Galway experience real results from this process.
Orla McCaffrey September 2010
Table of Contents Page 1. Background 6 2. Introduction 8 3. Profile of the Traveller Community in County Galway 9
4. Development of Traveller Interagency Strategy 14 5. Agencies Represented on Traveller Interagency Group 16 6. Action Plan 23
Accommodation Actions 26 Education & Training Actions 28 Enterprise & Employment Actions 30
Health Actions 31 7. Implementation, Monitoring and Review 35 Appendix 1 Traveller Interagency Group Membership 36 Appendix 2 Consultation Guidelines 38 Appendix 3 Consultation Report 47
1. Background The Task Force on the Travelling Community was set up by the Government in 1993. It published the Report of the Task Force on the Travelling Community in 1995. This report contained 341 recommendations on accommodation, health, education and training, employment and
development of a Traveller economy, relationships with the wider community, culture, discrimination, role of Traveller women, and the need for coordination and monitoring of progress.
In 1998, the Committee to Monitor and Coordinate the Implementation of the Recommendations of the Task Force on the Travelling Community was established. It was chaired by the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform with membership from representatives from the Social Partners,
Traveller organisations and relevant Government departments. The Committees first progress report, published in December 2000, outlined the main positive developments that had taken place with regard to equality, awareness and information, accommodation, health, education and
community development. However, concerns were expressed, particularly in relation to real improvements on the ground and more specifically, issues such as the absence of good quality data on the numbers of Travellers availing of services, the difficulty in translating policy into action,
developing the Traveller economy and the gender dimension of policies affecting Travellers. In December 2003, at the request of the Taoiseach, a further initiative to increase the focus on
Traveller issues was introduced in the form of a High Level Group on Traveller Issues, established under the aegis of the Cabinet Committee on Social Inclusion. Its remit was to ensure that the relevant statutory agencies involved in providing the full range of services to Travellers, would
focus on improving the integrated practical delivery of such services. The main items discussed by the Group included an interagency approach to delivery of service, Traveller accommodation, social economy, Traveller education, Travellers and employment opportunities and barriers for
Travellers accessing paid employment, as well as pilot projects to address these issues. An interim report was presented to the Cabinet Committee on Social Inclusion in October 2004.
The report highlighted certain themes which, in the view of the High Level Group required further consideration. It recommended concrete actions in the short-term and proposed a structure for the coordination of the development and implementation of policy and services to Travellers at national
level. In 2005 the Minister of State in Department of Justice, Equality and Law reform (DJELR) requested 8 pilot Traveller Interagency Groups be established across the country. Co
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