Dear Accommodation Working Group members, 

In this update: 
  • Save the date for upcoming events 
  • Draft minutes from last AWG meeting
  • City & County Development Plans 
  • Children's Rights Alliance Report Card 2022
  • Consultation open for new Youth Homelessness Strategy
  • Watch back: Sligo Traveller Support Group panel discussion, Traveller Homelessness in the Southwest report launch and The Apology 
  • Request from Offaly Traveller Movement on LTACC

Please keep in touch if you have any events or updates you would like circulated to all members! 

Save the Date!

Accommodation Working Group
2022 Planning Meeting

Thursday the 24th of March

More info to follow.

We would love to have you there! 


Information Session on Part 8 Case
with FLAC Traveller Legal Service and Waterford Traveller CDP. 

Thursday the 10th of March at 11am.

More info below 


Accommodation Working Group Meeting

Thank you to everyone who attended the last AWG meeting last Thursday! It was great to see 16 people there from around the country.

draft minutes of meeting here. Let us know if you have any changes.

We have attached again the two presentations from last year on taking complaints to:
The Office of the Ombudsman, and the Ombudsman for Children, as it came up again at the last meeting. 

Part 8 Information Session
10th of March at 11 am, on Zoom

With Christopher McCann, solicitor, FLAC Traveller Legal Service 
and Una Ryan, coordinator, Waterford Traveller CDP

They will talk us through the process of how 2 residents on a site in Waterford took a legal challenge against the Local Authority, when a planned development of the site was voted down by councillors at the "Part 8" stage. They will explain how FLAC Traveller Legal Service and Waterford Traveller CDP worked together from the first referral right through to the court case and after. 

Christopher will highlight how this case may be relevant to all local Traveller organisations and what we can learn from it, as well as what we can all be looking out for around Part 8, and where it would be appropriate to make a referral to FLAC Traveller Legal Service for support on this. 

There will also be plenty of time for discussion and Q&A. Please let us know by replying to this email if you would like to attend this session and we will circulate the Zoom link closer to the time. 

Explainer: What is Part 8 and what does it have to do with Traveller accommodation? 

Most Traveller-specific accommodation is built on publicly owned land and planned and delivered by Local Authorities. This means proposals for developments go through a Part 8 process where councillors get to vote for or against the development. This vote gives councillors a lot of control over the final approval of proposals for Traveller-specific accommodation. This is a problem where councillors hold discriminatory and racist views or where they are heavily lobbied by other local residents who hold discriminatory and racist views.

This has been identified by Traveller organisations and by the Traveller Accommodation Expert Review as a big barrier to Traveller accommodation being built. The Traveller Accommodation Expert Review recommended that Traveller-specific accommodation should be removed from the Part 8 Process to remove this barrier and ITM and other Traveller organisations have being continuously campaigning for this to happen. 


  City and County                                     Development Plans

This was raised at the last Accommodation Working Group meeting. ITM has some suggestions for submissions here. It  If you need help with the process of making a submission to your local authority's draft development plan please do send an email and we'd love to help you.

The list of open consultations is available here

Youth Homelessness Strategy - Consultation Now Open! 

The current Programme for Government commits to developing a Youth Homelessness Strategy. 

The aim of this Strategy is to help people who are aged 18 – 24 and who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. 

It is really important that the experiences of young Travellers in homelessness, including hidden homelessness such as overcrowding or substandard accommodation, are included. Please share with young Travellers in your area and make a submission too. 

To make a submission, you can: 
Fill out the survey here or
Send in a submission that is less than 2000 words 

More information on this available here

Children's Rights Alliance Report Card 2022
Traveller Accommodation 

The Irish Traveller Movement are a member of the Children's Rights Alliance and make a submission to its report card each year. The report card grades the government's progress on commitments relating to the rights of children in Ireland. 

An E grade was given in relation to family homeless with the report saying: 

"there is a need to introduce additional measures to step-up efforts to tackle child and family homelessness particularly for those who are disproportionately impacted including one parent families, Traveller families, families with disabilities and people leaving Direct Provision."

Full analysis on Traveller homelessness on p.163 onwards of the report 

Watch Back!

The Cork-Kerry Regional Traveller Accommodation Working Group launched an excellent report last month called Traveller Homelessness in the Southwest, highlighting the extent of both hidden homelessness and registered homelessness in the region. A webinar on the report's findings can be viewed here

Watch Back!

 Sligo Traveller Support Group panel discussion on their FB page on accommodation & homelessness crisis. 

The panel: TJ Hogan, Bernadette Maughan & Rose Marie Maughan,
Fr Peter McVerry.
Watch Back!

The Apology is a short film from ‘Multi-Story - Creative Engagement for
Housing Change’. It was developed through a unique online collaborative arts process, exploring direct experiences of housing injustice through collective writing and performative story-telling. Clondalkin Travellers Development Group were part of this process.

LTACC request

OTM have asked AWG members to think about what are the most useful agenda items at your LTACC meetings, to help them strengthen theirs.

If you have any suggestions, please reply to this message and we can pass them on, or email

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