Catherine is the manager of the Blanchardstown Traveller Development Group. She is calling on the government to recognise the unique situation of Travellers and to act positively by supporting the on-going development of the National Traveller Movement
Our latest Parish Newsletter is out now. It features Margaret Anne O'Brien competing in the Great Ethopian Run in Addis Ababa.
There are features on the "Embracing Inclusion" a new local parish hospitality programme, issues arising from the Traveller Community. Read about "Debt and Dying" an initiaitve of National Traveller MABS as well as a seminar on Illegal Money Lending. Be introduced to new staff members who have been appointed to the National Traveller Suicide Awareness Project. Hear about the concerns of Travellers as they act together directly to call for Accommodation. Read about these among other tributes and many bits of news.
Your comments and feedback are most welcome.
Following on from their research on the costs of funerals, Debt & Dying, National Traveller MABS have begun a conversation within the Traveller Community. The Archbishop demonstrated his support and shared his experiences on the first day of that conversation which we hope will develop further. He even tweeted about it (see below). So if you have Twitter or Facebook perhpas you could visit our Facebook page and show your support.
AB Martin meeting members of Traveller MABS group in Clonliffe today pic.twitter.com/4l4Jq5evkA
— Archdiocese Dublin (@DublinDiocese) November 20, 2013
Pavee Point launched a report on 29th April 2013, Travelling with Austerity, which documents the cuts to Travellers, Traveller projects and services since 2008.
Click to download full report.
Using the government's own figures the research documents the following cuts to Traveller services since 2008:
Traveller Inter-Agency Activities -100%
Traveller education -86.6%
Traveller accommodation - 85%
National Traveller organisations -63.6%
FAS Special Initiatives for Travellers -50%
Please click here for the full Press Release