Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 21 March 2024

Committee on Key Issues affecting the Traveller Community

Traveller Accommodation: Discussion (Resumed)

Ms Sin?ad Lucey:

I will pick up on one or two points. With regard to the local connection, something that probably has not been articulated clearly enough this morning is that Travellers are defined as a nomadic people; they move and travel. Local connection tests inherently discriminate against Travellers on the basis of their nomadic identity. The system has to accommodate that aspect of their identity. If it does not do so, that would be saying that a core part of Traveller identity is invalid and cannot be accommodated within the housing legislation.


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