Recognition of Traveller ethnicity

1 March 2017

The Citizens Information Board (CIB) welcomes this historic day of recognition of the ethnicity of Irish Travellers by the Irish Government. It is a significant step forward for equality and cultural diversity in Ireland. We acknowledge the importance of this expected formal recognition of minority ethnic status for the Traveller Community and representative organisations and pay tribute to the work of organisations such as the Irish Traveller Movement, Pavee Point and our partner organisation, National Traveller MABS, in reaching this milestone.

CIB, in its work with its delivery services, is committed to an equality and social inclusion agenda and ensuring that services respond to the needs of Travellers and other minority groups. The Board has responded in submissions to the development of the National Traveller and Roma Inclusion Strategy and we look forward to the forthcoming Strategy publication.

(Citizens Information Services across the country are recording data on ethnicity based on voluntary self-identification of ethnic status by callers to the services. Data collection across public services would identify ethnic groups that are accessing mainstream services and those that are not and will help in addressing discrimination and in shaping policies and targeting resources where they are needed.)