Positive Action for Traveller employment.
This Equality Authority report documents ten innovative projects where employers, Traveller organisations, state agencies and others have come together to establish labour market opportunities for Travellers. Each case study briefly describes the initiative undertaken, its aims and objectives, the stakeholders involved, the outcomes for the participants and the lessons learned.
All-Ireland Traveller Health Study
Mary Harney, Minister for Health & Children, today (Thursday 2nd September, 2010) welcomed the publication of the findings of the All-Ireland Traveller Health Study, which she launched in July 2007. The Department of Health and Children in conjunction with the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety in Northern Ireland commissioned the School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Population Science, University College Dublin to conduct the Study, which expanded on research conducted by the Health Research Board in 1987: 'Travellers Health Status Study - Vital Statistics of the Travelling People'. Using innovative new methods, Travellers themselves, together with frontline service providers, worked with UCD researchers to collect the data. The purpose of the Study was to examine the health status of Travellers on the island of Ireland, to assess the impact of the health services currently being provided and to identify the factors which influence health status. One of the key findings from the study is that Travellers of all ages continue to have much higher mortality rates than people in the general population, with Traveller men now living on average 15 years less than men in the general population and Traveller women living on average 11.5 years less than women in the general population.
Martin Collins, assistant director of Pavee Point, an organisation supporting human rights for Travellers, urged the Minister to maintain Traveller community development programmes, saying primary healthcare work wouldn't exist without them. The study showed the population profile of the Traveller community, which numbers about 40,000, is similar to developing countries, with a high birth rate, two-thirds of the population under 25, but with fewer older people.
Pavee Point in a summary of the major findings of the study state that among the causes of gap in levels of morbidity and mortality among Travellers are social determinants including: accommodation, education, employment, poverty, discrimination, lifestyle and access and utilisation of services.
The second European Summit on Roma inclusion
The second European Summit on Roma inclusion took place in Córdoba (Spain), on the 8th and 9th April 2010, on the occasion of the International Roma Day, as a key event of the Spanish Presidency of the Council. As main inputs from the Commission feeding the discussions at the Summit, two very important and far-reaching policy documents at EU level were released on 7th April 2010: the Commission Communication on the social and economic integration of Roma in Europe, COM(2010)133; the Commission Staff Working Document on the implementation of the EU instruments and policies for Roma inclusion 2008-2010 (Progress Report), SEC(2010)400.
At the end of the Summit, the Trio of the Spanish, Belgian and Hungarian Presidencies adopted a joint statement which highlighted their commitment for: mainstreaming Roma issues into all relevant policies, designing a roadmap for the activities of the European Platform for Roma inclusion, and ensuring the effective use of the EU Structural Funds for supporting Roma inclusion. Details here