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Prof Ethel Brooks photographed with Sabina Higgins, and Lynn Jackson, co-ordinator of the national Roma Holocaust Memorial Day. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Garda has agreed to make a financial contribution to Pavee Point as part of a settlement reached with a US professor who alleged a member of the f(...)

Maria Joyce of the National Travellers Womens’ Forum said the State’s failures in the context of Travellers and accommodation were “underpinned by institutional racism”. Photograph: Alan Betson

The provision of Traveller accommodation should be removed from local authorities and taken on by an independent agency, either new or already ex(...)

The funeral of Davey Reilly arriving  at St Mary’s Cemetery in Carrick-on-Shannon.

Two people have been arrested and more than 80 fixed penalty notices handed out following a Traveller funeral in Carrick-on-Shannon on Thursday, which(...)

The funeral of Davey Reilly arrives at St Mary’s Cemetery in Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim

Co-director of Pavee Point, Martin Collins, has said it was not acceptable that hundreds of people ignored public health restrictions to attend a fune(...)

A whistleblower at Pontins  has revealed it was using an “undesirable guests” list to exclude Irish people and Travellers.  Photograph:  Peter Byrne/PA Wire

“Undesirable guests” was the headline on a memo listing Irish surnames and published on the intranet of the British holiday parks company, Pontins. Th(...)

The organisations said no post-funeral social gatherings are allowed and An Garda Síochána has powers to enforce Covid-19 restrictions. Photograph: iStock

Traveller representative organisations have called on the community to obey the rules around attendance at funerals. On Thursday, an estimated 200 pe(...)

A spokeswoman for the Garda said a policing plan was put in place for the funeral.

A file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) after gardaí attended the scene of a large gathering held in breach of public h(...)

Martin Collins   warned against the traditional early December return by Travellers to Rathkeale because ‘of the risk of contracting and spreading the virus, not just in the Traveller community but also in the settled community’.

The traditional Christmas return from Britain of members of the Travelling community to Rathkeale, Co Limerick threatens a significant increase in Cov(...)

A video of a funeral   in Roscommon town   shows hundreds of people in attendance, with little adherence to public health advice. Photograph: iStock

Gardaí are “carrying out inquiries” after footage emerged of hundreds of people attending a funeral in Co Roscommon in breach of Level 5 lockdown meas(...)

A screengrab from the Sirius XM interview with Des Bishop. Image: Youtube

Comedian Des Bishop has apologised to the Traveller community for comments he made in 2018 when he described the community as inbred and violent. Ea(...)

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