Strasbourg, 19.04.2013 - The Traveller community in Ireland continues to face difficulties in many areas of live – including education, employment and housing – according to a report published today by the Council of Europe’s Advisory Committee on national minorities.
The report praises the constructive attitude of the Irish authorities towards implementing the Council of Europe’s Framework Convention on National Minorities, and highlights a number of initiatives which have been launched. However, with regard to the Traveller community in particular, it notes that several of these schemes have not produced sufficient results.
The committee states that the overall situation with regard to education for the Traveller community is still a matter of concern. The school drop-out rate is several times higher than the national average, and participation in higher education less than 1%. The report calls on the authorities to devise and implement new solutions to these persisting problems as a matter of urgency. (more...)