President Higgins on discrimination and exclusion of Travellers
Published: Sun 11th Apr, 2021 | 11:05
Since his inauguration as President of Ireland, President Higgins has sought to represent everyone in Ireland, including the 40,000 men, women and children in the Traveller community.
Throughout his time in public life, President Higgins has supported initiatives by Travellers and others aimed at promoting the recognition of Travellers and Roma as minority ethnic groups, and who are entitled to be proud of their cultural identity.
In many of his public engagements, President Higgins continues to highlight the positive contribution to Irish life and culture made by members of the Traveller and Roma communities, as well as the discrimination and racism that they continue to experience in daily life.
- President marks International Traveller & Roma Day (2021)
- President receives representatives of the National Traveller Mental Health Network (2020)
- President presents Gaisce Gold Awards November (2019)
- Presidents attends the 50th Anniversary Conference of Prisoners Aid through Community Effort (2019)
- President receives representatives from the Irish Prison Service and Gaisce, the President’s Award (2019)
- President attends the 10th Anniversary of the Samaritans’ Listener Scheme (2018)
- President officially opens an exhibition entitled “Travellers Journey” (2018)
- President visits event marking the anniversary of Traveller ethnicity (2018)
- President Michael D. Higgins welcomes recognition of Traveller ethnic status (2018)
- Members of Pavee Point Traveller and Roma Centre present the President with an ethnicity pin (2017)
- President gives an address at the Cork Alliance Conference (2016)
- President attends an event celebrating 30 years of Pavee Point (2015)
- President receives Ballyfermot Traveller Action Project Development Education Group (2012)