The Equality Division monitors and coordinates the implementation of Government policy to promote equality and inclusion in Irish society of the Traveller and Roma communities.

To achieve this, we work with State agencies and Traveller and Roma organisations to promote positive communications and engagement with both Traveller and Roma communities.

We also contribute to the work of the European Union and of the Council of Europe on Traveller and Roma inclusion issues. 

Framework Convention on Protection of National Minorities

Equality Division prepares Ireland's periodic reports under the Council of Europe's Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities.  The Convention covers a range of issues relevant to the protection of minority national and linguistic groups.  Ireland's fourth State Report is currently being prepared.  Copies of previous reports and the Council's comments on them are available here.

National Traveller / Roma Integration Strategy 2011

The Department’s aim is to ensure a coordinated approach across Government in order to best meet the needs of people from the Traveller and Roma communities in line with the standards of the EU Framework for the Implementation of Roma Integration Strategies.  The overall goal is to improve public service engagement with Traveller and Roma communities, and improve outcomes for Travellers and Roma in Ireland.

Ireland's National Traveller/Roma Integration Strategy sets out strategies in place to improve outcomes for the Traveller and Roma communities in the areas of education, accommodation, health, employment and anti-discrimination.


New National Traveller and Roma Inclusion Strategy (2016-2020)

A consultation process to develop a new National Traveller and Roma Inclusion Strategy is underway. Phase 1 (identification of key themes for the new Strategy) has been completed. A summary of submissions received in Phase 1 is available here. 

Phase 2 (identification and agreement of high-level objectives under each agreed theme) was completed in February 2016.  A set of suggested high-level objectives for the new Strategy were discussed in consultation meetings in Sligo, Athlone, Limerick and Dublin. 

Phase 3 (identification of detailed actions to achieve each agreed objective, with associated timescales, Key Performance Indicators, institutional responsibilities and monitoring arrangements), will be completed in 2016 with the presentation of a new Strategy for Government approval. Public consultation meetings are planned to take place in Sligo, Athlone, Limerick and Dublin in September 2016.

The Draft Strategy is available here for consultation and observations. 

Views on the Draft Strategy can be emailed to by Friday 30 September 2016.

Further information:

For further information, please visit our website.

Contact details:

Address: Equality Division
  Department of Justice
  2nd Floor, Bishop’s Square
  Redmond’s Hill
  Dublin 2
  D02 TD99
Phone (main reception): + 353 1 479-0200
Lo-Call: 1890 555-509


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