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Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Traveller Education (14 Feb 2019)

“I raise the matter of reduced hours timetables imposed by schools on Traveller children and young people. This approach is not new, but national Traveller organisations such as the Irish Traveller Movement report that managing behavioural problems is being used as a reason for the practice and that it is becoming more prevalent. The extent to which the practice occurs is unrecorded and...”

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Traveller Education (14 Feb 2019)

“I am encouraged by the commitment of the Minister of State. It is important to state that every child in the country, from whatever background, has a right to education. Reduced timetables must not be used as a behavioural management tool. It is important to reiterate this as it should apply to Traveller children or any other children. It should only arise in exceptional circumstances. I...”

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (7 Feb 2019)

“Last week during the Order of Business I drew attention to two reports, namely, the report on the inquest into the Carrickmines fire and the report of the Council of Europe’s European Committee of Social Rights. Both reports relate to gross inadequacies in Traveller accommodation and the dangers posed to people living in these circumstances and to Government breaches in relation to...”

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