Minister of State for Equality Issues, Mr. John Moloney T.D., has today announced funding of €100,000 to promote positive communication in relation to the Traveller Community. The projects approved aim is to increase general awareness of the Traveller community and to promote constructive engagement between Travellers themselves and with the wider community.
Minister Moloney commented: "I am particularly happy to introduce this new Communications Strand within the funding which the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform has provided in recent years. This funding has been in the region of €1million every year since 2006 and this year it is important that Communications has been singled out as a key area for special support." 

The projects approved cover a range of activities including discussion and information events, art and theatre projects, a DVD profiling travellers in employment and programmes to support mediation and awareness of suicide prevention. The Minister said: "I am especially pleased to see that a range of organisations, including Traveller representatives and state agencies, would benefit from the funding and it is encouraging to see a diverse group of stakeholders who are being proactive in support of the Traveller community."

The national partnership agreement Towards 2016 includes a commitment from all social partners to achieve greater progress for Travellers, including measures to improve communications. Minister Moloney explained "This new funding emphasises projects which allow Traveller Organisations and state agencies work in a collaborative manner and develop programmes which have the potential for replication throughout the country." 

The Minister concluded: "This Government will continue to use the available resources for projects which promote constructive relationships between Travellers and Settled People as a tangible measure of our ongoing commitment to Equality and the full participation of Travellers in our society."

24 September 2008 

Note for Editors

The Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform established the Traveller Interagency and Communications Fund in 2006 to support high quality projects which will support development of best practices and which can be replicated in other areas of the country. The Traveller Interagency Fund is administered by Pobal on behalf of the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform.

In 2008 there is a new Communications Strand which supports programmes aimed at developing positive communications in relation to the Traveller Community. This Strand was made available to national Traveller Organisations and to state agencies working with the Traveller Community. A summary of the funding approved is on the following table.


Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform Traveller Funding - Communications

Name of Applicant(s) Project Type Funding
Pavee Point, Irish Traveller Movement, National Traveller Women’s Forum Traveller Focus Week – a programme of events which will include promoting Traveller participation in the political process, intercultural initiatives in schools, media portrayal of Travellers, Youth events incorporating artistic, musical or theatrical portrayal of young Travellers lives €49,648.00
National Association of Traveller Centres Promotional DVD which will profile Travellers in employment. €16,000.00
Galway County Council Theatre, Dance and Art Workshops €10,000.00
Wicklow County Council Awareness raising and Launch of Publication on Traveller Suicide in Co. Wicklow €10,000.00
Roscommon County Development Board Mediation – developing a programme for mediation which may have application in other areas. €7,890.00
Project Evaluation Evaluation of various projects €6,462.00
Total    €100,000.00