Traveller Pride Week 2022 ran from 11th to 24th July.
The week of activities saw numerous events held in all four provinces of Ireland. The events and exhibitions were aimed at highlighting the unique cultural heritage and expert skills found within the Traveller community, and saw local Traveller groups from across the country put on fantastic displays of art, theatre, music, story-telling, food, tinsmithing, and much more. A full schedule of the events that took place can be found by clicking here: https://itmtrav.ie/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/Traveller_Pride_Award_22_A4_Programme_Fin.pdf
Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O'Gorman marked the launch of National Traveller Pride Week with the launch of a project to support the participation of young Travellers in Comhairle na nÓg and other youth participation structures with the aim of supporting young Travellers in having a voice in local and national policy-making.
Minister O’Gorman announced the project at the Annual Information and Networking Event for Comhairle na nÓg Organisers, 2022. This event brings those with responsibility for Comhairle na nÓg (local youth councils) in each local authority around the country together at the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth to share learning and to hear about new initiatives.
The Minister, Comhairle organisers and key stakeholders heard from Kay McCabe of Involve, who are delivering this project on behalf of the department. The aim is to strengthen the links between Traveller communities and their local Comhairle na nÓg, so that young Travellers can have a say in local and national decision-making on policy, programmes or services.
Funded under the Dormant Accounts Fund, a key aim of the project will support young people from the Traveller community to take part in Comhairle na nÓg meetings, events, consultations and other activities. The project will focus on identifying, through local Traveller groups, young people from the local traveller community who are interested in participating in their local Comhairle and will provide any additional supports they require to do so meaningfully.
When launching the project Minister O’ Gorman said:
“Comhairle na nÓg is well established in Local Authorities across the country. In keeping with the aims of the Five Year Development Plan for Comhairle, which I launched last year, we want to broaden the reach of Comhairle, and include children and young people who need additional support to have their voices heard.”
Speaking at the launch Kay McCabe, Senior Project Worker with Involve said:
"Involve are really looking forward to this new partnership with the DCEDIY and Comhairle na nÓg. As a youth service that specialises in working with the Traveller community we are aware of some of the barriers that exist for Traveller Youth participation in Comhairle, such as a lack of self-confidence, cultural aspects and discrimination, but we hope through working together we can increase engagement, retention and participation."
The project aims to: