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President Michael D. Higgins welcomes recognition of Traveller ethnic status

Date: Thu 1st Mar, 2018 | 18:03

President Michael D. Higgins today welcomed the recognition of Travellers as an ethnic minority:

"As President of Ireland I very much welcome today’s announcement of the formal recognition of Irish Travellers as an indigenous ethnic minority.

This is a momentous decision, formally recognising Travellers' place in Irish society.

I have written to the Travellers organisations that have campaigned and worked on this issue for many years, to convey my congratulations and appreciation for their work.

I have no doubt that today's clarification will be of assistance in interpreting legislation in relation to Travellers' rights, and ensuring 
respect for Travellers' distinct identity within the fabric of Irish society."