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Dear members, allies, and supporters 

In 2021 we entered into our second year of this global pandemic. This has continued to restrict our movements and doing the normal things that we all take for granted in everyday life. We have all had to make significant sacrifices throughout the year and it’s really important to acknowledge this on top of everything else that we are doing.

We applaud those who continued to support Travellers across a multifaceted approach on Traveller human rights. It’s heartening to know we are making strides and this is clearly evidenced in the changes that are slowly materialising and genuine willingness by some to work with us to overcome those challenges and this is welcomed. I’m sure you are all fatigued as we come to the end of 2021.

With that, we would like to wish you all a lovely Christmas, and look forward to working with you again in 2022 and thank you all for your continued support.

Bernard Joyce 

Webinar: Broadcasting Authority of Ireland Complaints Process

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) is the regulator of broadcasting in Ireland. One of their key functions is to monitor and enforce compliance of the licensed broadcasters with the broadcasting codes and rules as well as managing complaints regarding broadcast content on all Irish broadcasting services.

ITM are hosting a webinar with BAI for its members on the function of the BAI and the complaints process. SAVE THE DATE!

When: 16th February from 10am -11.30
Where: Online Zoom meetings
Register: Email

ITM Training Network 

We kicked off our training network with an initial meeting on 8th December to develop priority areas and ideas for the network in 2022. Members chose to focus initially on leadership and management training to support capacity building of Travellers within the organisations. The importance of accredited training was also highlighted. 

If you would like more information or take part in the network, you can contact Eve at


Training Opportunity

ITM is delighted to be able to announce fully funded accommodation, housing & homelessness law training facilitated by Community Law & Mediation for ITM members. Please email to book your space. There are limited spaces available and Travellers will be prioritised for spaces on the training in line with the ITM Community Charter

The Accommodation Working Group met 10 times in 2021, alongside separate convenings of the caravan loan scheme pilot areas and subgroups on submissions to the midterm review process and eviction procedures. 

A huge thank you to everyone who has been involved this year, and we look forward to working together in 2022. 

While it's been another hugely challenging year, we recognise the positive developments that have arisen due to the hard work and dedication of Traveller organisations around the country;
  • Publishing of the Ombudsman's Report 'No End in Site', the IHREC's Equality Reviews, and the Office of the Planning Regular's Case Study on Traveller Accommodation, each strengthening the evidence base and pressure to improve the Traveller Accommodation crisis 
  • Strong engagement of Traveller organisations with the Joint Committee on Key Issues Affecting the Traveller Community and its final report, available here 
  • Increased expenditure on Traveller accommodation in 2021. €14.3 million of the €15.5 million budget has been spent so far in 2021. Follow up on the areas not spending will be a priority for next year
  • Strong Traveller engagement through ITM across a range of housing coalitions, and issues highlighted across numerous webinars and workshops, increasing awareness and solidarity
  • Strong collaborative engagement with the pilot oversight group of the revised caravan loan scheme, with various consultations and submissions carried out. 
  • Recommendations of the Traveller Accommodation Expert Review were included as a priority in the government's Housing for All strategy 
  • Programme board for the implementation of the Traveller Accommodation Expert Review has met 5 times. Continuing to push for much faster delivery of the recommendations will remain a priority for 2022
  • ITM has raised the issues relating to accommodation, across numerous platforms through multiple submissions (listed further on)
  • ITM responded to 170 separate queries in 2021 from Travellers around the country in relation to their accommodation needs 

Education Working Group

The Education Working Group met on seven occasions in 2021, with representation from 15 different organisations over the year.

The online meetings provided a space for members to discuss emerging issues, share information, get advice/support, and stay informed on national policy. The main topics discussed in our meetings included reduced school days, mental health, resources, initiatives, Covid-19 and education inequality issues.

To join the EWG you can email


Reduced school days - new guidelines 

ITM  had campaigned with both local and national Traveller organisations for the Department of Education to implement new guidelines for the use of reduced school days. the guidelines have now been published and will come reduced hours that will come in effect in January 2022.

ITM and TESS workshop on the new guidelines

ITM and TUSLA Education Support Services (TESS) will host an informal online information and discussion session on January 2021. 

This session is about the new Guidelines on the use of Reduced School Days which are coming into effect in January 2022.

If you would like to attend email

Out of the Shadows - Report

In November, the "Out of the Shadows" report was published, commissioned by the Department of Education, and the Department of Children, Disability, Equality, Integration and Youth. The research looks at the experience of Traveller students and their parents in 46 schools which are currently participating in a pilot programme under the National Traveller and Roma Inclusion Strategy. 

You can read the report HERE

Looking forward to 2022

We were delighted to launch the  Traveller Youth Participation and Leadership Strategy in 2021. We hope to make some further announcement in 2022 to work with our members and key partners in progressing the strategic areas that will enhance young Traveller participation.

We have successful recruited a national youth development worker and have secured much needed funding for 2022 that will allow us to progress this work. It’s an exciting time for us to support some of amazing work already happening within the sector.
If you need any further information please contact:

Karen Power, Youth Development Worker,

Eve O'Brien, Membership and Policy Officer,
ITM Submissions 2021

2021 was an extremely busy year for ITM's political communications and advocacy team with over 33 submissions completed.

We made submissions to both national and international bodies, government departments and agencies. Our submissions were focused in key areas including and not limited to Traveller accommodation, Travellers access to justice, antiracism, education, human rights, children's' rights, and the media. We will have all of our submission available on our website shortly.
ITM Submissions 2021

Green Party Conference 2021 - Time for change is now

The Irish Traveller Movement was part of significant discussion on the importance of Traveller rights and participation of Travellers and minorities in climate decision making and was a first for us at the Green Party Conference.
A just Ireland for Travellers now needs a restated effort by Government under current strategies with ambition to make real improvements for Travellers throughout every county.


The final report of the Joint Committee on Key Issues affecting the Traveller Community was launched in Leinster House via MS Teams on Thursday 2 December 2021. The Chairperson Senator Eileen Flynn, Leas Chathaoirleach Éamon Ó Cuív, and Members of the Committee were grateful for the assistance you gave to the Committee during the preparation of this Report. Read the final report HERE

Universal Periodic Review (UPR)

The Irish Traveller Movement were among the civil society organisations who submitted to the UPR process. The purpose of the UPR is to review Ireland's human rights record. It gives the State the opportunity to say what actions they have taken to fulfil their human rights obligations, how they plan to improve, and gives other member states the opportunity to make recommendations, informed by submissions by both the State and Civil Society Organisations.
At the meeting of the UPR Working Group, there was a strong focus from the UN Member States on:
  • The need for Ireland to do more to combat racism and hate speech with particular concerns raised around racism and discrimination towards Travellers
  • The need for Ireland to ensure adequate housing is guaranteed to all, especially ethnic minorities
  • The importance of implementation of a new National Traveller & Roma Inclusion Strategy and the need for a National Action Plan Against Racism

School Engagement

We welcomed 10 new entrant schools to the programme this academic year, and we are delighted to see how well they are progressing! All schools are on, or ahead of, schedule, and the 5 schools that started in 2020 are moving ever-closer to completing the programme. It’s so important that schools maintain the ethos of the flag, long after the 8 steps are complete, so we’re very pleased to see 7 schools renewing the programme this year too.

Yellow Flag Awards Ceremony

In November, we made the difficult decision to cancel the Yellow Flag Awards Ceremony, in light of rapidly rising cases of COVID-19. We hope that this can be rescheduled for February, but in the meantime, we have posted flags out to the schools so that they can fly them with pride! Congratulations and welcome to the Yellow Flag family:
  • St. Brigid’s Secondary School, Killarney
  • Holy Family Junior School, Ennis
  • St. Tiernan’s Community School, Balally
  • Firhouse Educate Together National School
  • Grange Community College

Political Engagement

2021 saw good progress made in the delivery of the programme’s strategic plan. We have met with the Department of Children, Disability, Equality, Integration and Youth Affairs, and the Department of Education, to advocate for cross-departmental state funding for the flag, and we look forward to further meetings in 2022. We have established contact with the Education Spokespeople across the political parties, and feedback has been very positive.

Classroom Resources

This year, we put a lot of energy into the development of classroom resources for our Yellow Flag schools. We kicked this off with Traveller Pride Week in September, and shared further resources for Black History Month in October. Most recently, Sian developed a suite of lesson plans and resources for primary and post primary schools to help them mark Human Rights Day. This will remain a key focus for 2022, as we work to develop a resource pack on building Traveller culture and history into the classroom. 

All and all, it has been a busy, productive and exciting year for Yellow Flag, with lots of new collaborations and opportunities. We’re looking forward to coming back rested and recharged to continue this work in January! 

The Raising Voices Fellowship

The Raising Voices fellowship is inviting aspiring writers and/or illustrators who make work for children and young adults to apply for their new fully–funded, career–altering programme. Encompassing a host of creative and practical supports, the six selected fellows will be connected to a welcoming community of practice and supported in developing their careers.

The fellowship is led by a group of literature organisations including Children’s Books Ireland, Illustrators Ireland, Publishing Ireland, the Dublin Book Festival and the Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig.  Raising Voices aims to break down barriers to publication and progression, and to increase diversity and representation in the Irish literature sector for those whose voices have been underrepresented due to background or identity. 

Raising Voices fellowship will provide six children’s artists with:
  • Mentorship and critique from experienced artists and directors
  • A week–long residency at the Tyrone Guthrie centre
  • A welcoming community of practice
  • The training, tools and support needed to carve out a career in Irish children’s books
Raising Voices is fully funded with a stipend for the residential week & travel, accomodation and childcare costs.

For information please visit 

Survey on Financial literacy and digital access - please support 

National Traveller MABS is working with the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA) to find out more about Financial Literacy and the barriers that people face when trying to access financial services. The survey aims to find out people's experiences and how we can work towards the services becoming more accessible.

It is important that Travellers give voice to their experience when it comes to accessing about changes to services to make them more accessible.
It takes about 10 minutes to complete, and it would be greatly appreciated if you could take part in this or share it with your networks and groups.
The link to the survey is here: 
A PDF of the survey is also available which can be printed out and completed. Then they could be scanned and emailed, or even posted back directly. The survey can also be done over phone for people that has not any access to computers or internet.
You can contact Denise Collins, National Support and Development Worker, National Traveller MABS

Foundation Course for Mature Students

Foundation Course for Mature Students in Trinity College Dublin and the University Access Course in Pearse College & Plunket College for 2022/23 are now being accepted and the closing date for applications is March 28th 2022.

The courses offer an academic and personal preparation for degree studies for mature students who are under-represented in third level education due to their socio-economic backgrounds.

More information and application details here

Survey for parents and guardians of young people engaged in self-harm

UCD and Pieta with support from the National Office of suicide prevention, are doing a study looking at the information and support needs of parents and guardians of adolescents who have engaged in self-harm. Given the mental health and suicide crisis within the Traveller community and as Travellers are often underrepresented in research, they particularly welcome advice from Traveller parents. Please feel free to share the survey
Link to the survey

Mental health as a human right campaign 

On 10th December, World Human Rights Day, ITM joined thousands of others in signing an open letter from the National Traveller Mental Health Network calling on Taoiseach Michael Martin to address the mental health crisis in the Traveller community. Decades of marginalisation, institutional racism, discrimination, and inequality has contributed to a devastating mental health crisis in our community. ITM joinined the call for the state to recognise this crisis in Traveller mental health and act including the support and implementation of a national Traveller Mental Health Strategy with ring-fenced resources. Join the call and show your support by signing the letter here:
The Traveller Mental Health Network will hold a peaceful protest today outside Dail Eireann to mark Human Rights Day and the Traveller Mental Health is a Human Right campaign. Photo credit: Martin Beanz Warde

Job Opportunities 

Administrator (Part-Time) - Primary Healthcare Project
Wicklow Travellers’ Group
Deadline: 4th Jan 2022
More information HERE

Community Development Youth Worker (Part-Time, Maternity Cover)
Wicklow Travellers’ Group
Deadline: 4th Jan 2022
More information HERE

Community Development Co-ordinator
East Cork Travellers, Cumann na Daoine
Deadline: 13th Jan 2022
More information HERE

Local Training Initiative Assistant Coordinator
Offaly Traveller Movement
Deadline: 5th Jan 2022
More information HERE

Traveller Community Health Worker (Part-Time)
Sligo Traveller Support Group
Deadline: 14th Jan 2022
More information HERE

Community Worker with a focus on Drugs and Alcohol Diversion
Clondalkin Travellers Development Group
Deadline: 6th Jan 2022
More information HERE
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