It is only now that the identity of Travellers as a separate ethnic group within the Irish society is beginning to be taken seriously. This has facilitated the provision of some good quality, culturally- appropriate accommodation. Which has also helped to alleviate some of the health problems, suffering, discrimination and exclusion experienced by Travellers, leading to better health and improving access to formal education.
Many settled people oppose Traveller accommodation being provided in given areas. All sorts of objections are raised to justify this position. However, it has been shown in the Crosscare Report, Accommodation Travelling people 1998, that many of these objections are unfounded, largely based on poor information, little personal contact and prejudice. This report has shown that where proper Traveller accommodation has been provided, people’s fears were not realised and both Traveller and settled live quite easily side by side.
The provision of decent and proper accommodation is a basic human right and its implementation is in the interest of all.
There are four main types of accommodation needed for Travellers:
- halting site
- group housing
- transient site
- standard housing
Everyone has the right to the means which are necessary and suitable for the proper development of life, food, clothing, shelter and rest.
Pacem in Terris, John XXIII ,1963