Tuesday 24 April 2018

Report says just 13pc of Traveller children finish secondary school

Childrens rights Alliance
Childrens rights Alliance

John Brennan

There have been "little or no positive developments for the nearly 15,000 Traveller children in Ireland" since 2006, a new report by the Children's Rights Alliance (CRA) has found.

According to the 2011 census, there are nearly 15,000 Traveller children living in Ireland, with only 13pc of them finishing second-level education, compared to 90pc in the general population.

Worryingly, Traveller children have an infant mortality rate that is three and a half times higher than that of settled children, the report says.

The last time Ireland was examined by the UN Committee on the rights of the child under the convention was in 2006, and Ireland is due to be examined again in January 2016.

The UN convention on the rights of the child explicitly provides that minorities "shall not be denied the right to enjoy [their] own culture, religion or language".

In 2014, a Seanad committee said: "Travellers in Irish Society suffer high levels of racism and discrimination, including indirect discrimination."

Minister Aodhán Ó Ríordáin pledged in 2014 to give Travellers State recognition as an ethic minority "within six months".

At the time, Mr Ó Ríordáin said on Today FM "ethnic status for Travellers is really something that should have been done a long time ago".

The report says that while this pledge was "a welcome development", it "has yet to happen".

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