Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 21 March 2024

Committee on Key Issues affecting the Traveller Community

Traveller Accommodation: Discussion (Resumed)

Ms Jane O'Sullivan:

I thank Senator Flynn. I also thank the committee for inviting us. I am sure we will all have a lot to say on this issue. On the point about discrimination in the area of private rented accommodation, that is certainly something we have dealt with and on which we have advised and represented people, as have our colleagues in FLAC. I direct the committee to our report, which is linked to our submission to the review of the equality Acts. Members will be aware that under the equality Acts, people are able to take a case against a private landlord if they can establish that they have been discriminated against. There are an awful lot of barriers there, particularly when it comes to Travellers and migrants. These barriers are reflected in the annual reports of the Workplace Relations Commission, WRC, which show that the number of cases taken by Traveller complainants is very low compared with the levels of discrimination that we all know Travellers face.