Monday 28 May 2018

Travellers call for national enterprise and jobs strategy

There is an 84pc unemployment rate among Travellers
There is an 84pc unemployment rate among Travellers

David Kearns

A NATIONAL strategy is needed if the Government is serious about cutting the 84pc unemployment rate among Travellers.

That's according to a national seminar held by the National Traveller Women's Forum and the Irish Traveller Movement, who yesterday urged the Government to help communities rekindle a spirit of enterprise.

"During the years of the recession, unemployment rates of around 13pc and 14pc were called a crisis," said Maria Joyce, National Traveller Women's Forum. "What do we call the figures for Travellers? Out of a total labour for of almost 10,000, 87pc of men are unemployed. That number is 81pc for women.

"There are lots of very interested people both Travellers and others who want to develop enterprise ideas but what we are missing is an overall Traveller enterprise and employment strategy," Ms Joyce said.

Irish Independent

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