Minister for Equality Mr. Sean Power T.D. has today announced funding for a range of local projects to benefit the Traveller Community. A total of €600,000 has been allocated to projects in fifteen areas of the country. Projects supported under the current round of funding will address issues such as access to employment, local service improvements, local Traveller representation, early education and horse care.
The funding will support projects which respond to local needs in line with the Report of the High Level Group on Traveller Issues. An essential element in each project is the involvement of local Traveller representatives.
The Minister said "This funding is an illustration of the Government’s ongoing commitment to supporting better outcomes for Travellers. More important than the actual funding is the commitment to collaborative effort which forms the basis of all of these projects. This approach is at the core of the Government’s strategy to improve the delivery of services and supports for Travellers."
Referring to a commitment in Towards 2016 aimed at increasing Traveller participation in economic and social life, Minister Power said "It is significant that all social partners have agreed to support an integrated approach for Travellers. This emphasises the need for effective leadership from the agencies represented on City and County Development Boards who have particular responsibilities for delivering key services locally. Equally, there is an onus on Traveller representatives and other stakeholders to support a broad range of actions to enhance the position of the Traveller Community in our society, including effective law enforcement."
The Minister concluded that he expected "a further round of funding would be announced towards the end of this year."
The projects were selected after an in-depth evaluation of quality and sustainability by Pobal, the specialist body which manages a range of programmes on behalf of the EU and the Government.
A list of successful projects in this round is attached below.
TRAVELLER INTERAGENCY FUND – ROUND 2
|Local Authority Area||Amount Approved||Field of Action|
|Limerick City||€29,040.00||Horse project - study|
|Clare||€49,500.00||Service improvement, representation|
|Kildare||€11,350.00||Feasibility study for resource centre|
|Cork City||€9,900.00||Service improvement|
|Wexford||€31,960.00||Traveller organization support|
|Kilkenny||€78,000.00||Horse care project|
Traveller organization support
12 July 2007
Note to Editors
The Traveller Interagency Fund was set up last year to support high quality projects proposed by Traveller Interagency Groups operating under the supervision of City and County Development Boards. Each project is managed by a steering committee which will provide for input from relevant public bodies, community organisations and Traveller representatives.
The Government is focussing on the coordinated use of resources by all organisations as a key strategy in improving outcomes for Travellers at local level. The Traveller Interagency Fund is an additional form of assistance to accelerate progress locally and help develop best practices.