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Martin Collins

Traveller Ethnicity and Human Rights

On 1 March 2017, after many years of campaigning by Traveller organisations, the Irish Government officially recognised the distinct identity and culture of Irish Travellers and acknowledged Travellers as a minority ethnic group. Travellers have a long shared history, traditions, language, culture and customs based on a nomadic tradition.

In this early evening talk, Co-Director of Pavee Point Traveller & Roma Centre, Martin Collins will trace the historical origins of Travellers, following the story up to the granting of ethnicity last year, and reflect on the 30-year struggle to achieve recognition for Traveller ethnicity. He will also consider the implications of this newly recognised status for the community’s fight for human rights.

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