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 Niamh Keating:
The Senator asked a great question and my colleagues will have a number of suggestions. One of the things I mentioned was tailored sheltered employment opportunities, and we see an opportunity to replicate the model in West Limerick Resources where we have an upcycling project under the TUS programme, a labour market activation programme. It would cost relatively little but we do need funding to be able to achieve it. Any furniture which is donated is upcycled, which fits into climate change and other policy areas. Many local projects throughout he country have a lot of ideas and have very good engagement with the Traveller community. Among these are an equine programme and the Traveller youth mental health initiative and it is worth engaging with the local Traveller community in each geographical area because what presents in west Limerick might not present in north Dublin.