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Sinn Féin launches PMB on Travellers rights

30 October, 2015 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams this morning launched Sinn Féin’s Private Members Motion for next week in the Dáil which addresses the discrimination and marginalisation of Travellers in Irish society.

The motion was agreed in conjunction with Traveller support groups.

Speaking this morning Gerry Adams said:

“The tragic deaths caused by the fire at Carrickmines has brought a focus to the issue of travellers rights.

“That it took the deaths of ten members of the travelling community to bring this issue to the fore is a tragedy in itself.

“It is my strong view that we should not let this awful event pass without trying to ensure that some good comes from it.

“Sinn Féin is today publishing a comprehensive motion on the rights of travellers which we will bring forward for debate next week.

“The motion calls for a reform of all existing legislation that discriminates against traveller culture and way of life.

“It calls for recognition of travellers as a distinct ethnic group an seeks the establishment of an all-Ireland forum including travellers, settled people, political parties, local and central government, representatives of the health and education sectors and of the media to review how travellers are treated in Irish society and to bring forward policies to ensure the state truly values and protects traveller communities.

“I am calling on TDs from all parties and none to give their support to this motion and to show their solidarity with the travelling community at this time.

“The motion specifically calls for:

“The Taoiseach to make a statement to Dáil Éireann confirming that the State recognises the ethnicity of the Travelling community;

“Implement the recommendations of the April 2014 Report by the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality on the Recognition of Traveller Ethnicity before the end of this Dáil term;

“Establish an All-Ireland forum involving Travellers and the settled community, including representatives of all political parties, central Government, local authorities, health and education sectors and representatives of media organisations that be tasked with;

“Enact a series of measures to address the housing crisis affecting Travellers.”


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