Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Tuesday, 8 October 2019
Joint Oireachtas Committee On Key Issues Affecting The Traveller Community
Traveller Mental Health: Discussion (Resumed)
Ms Bridget Kelly:
Yes. Discrimination has got worse for the Traveller community in all sectors, that is, accommodation, education, health and employment. The statistics show that 80% of Travellers are unemployed and more are unable to access health services than previously. There is an accommodation crisis for the Traveller community. There is a crisis for everybody but it has always been there for the Traveller community and it is having a huge impact on mental health and well-being. We are not seeing as many Travellers going on to third level education and, as Mr. McCann said, children are being excluded from classes. Discrimination and racism have got worse for the Traveller community so more needs to be done around that and around hate legislation. Travellers need to be protected by the State from discrimination and racism.