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Sinn Féin welcomes commission of all-Ireland study on health of Travellers - Ó Snodaigh

10 July, 2007

Sinn Fein Dublin South Central TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh has today welcomed the announcement that the Department of Health, in conjunction with the six-county Department of Health, Social Service & Public Safety has commissioned an all-Ireland study on the health of Travellers’

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:

“Today’s announcement that the UCD School of Public Health and Population Science are to carry out a detailed assessment of Travellers’ health on both sides of the border is welcome news.

"Last months Report from the Parish of Travelling People drew attention to the starkly unequal life expectancy and condition of health between the travelling and settled communities.

“I particularly welcome that this study is to be conducted on an all-Ireland basis as the inequalities endured by the Travelling community do not stop at the border.

“Sinn Féin has previously called on government to officially recognise Travelling People as an ethnic minority thus deserving full protection under the UN Convention Against All Forms of Racial Discrimination.

“Sinn Féin remains disappointed that the Programme for Government agreed by Fianna, Fáil, the PDs and the Green Party contains just one reference to the Travelling community and this relates to Traveller accommodation but even this does not offer any increase of funding to ensure delivery.

“It can only be hoped that the decision by the Minister for Health to commission this study indicates a change in direction on how government treats this vulnerable minority.” CRíOCH



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