Kitchin, Rob and Crowley, Una
Academic ‘truth’ and perpetuation of negative attitudes and intolerance towards Travellers in Contemporary Ireland.
Tolerance and Diversity in Ireland, North and South.
Manchester University Press, Manchester, pp. 153-170.
In 2014, fifty-one years after the publication of the seminal Report
of the Commission on Itinerancy, Irish Travellers remain one the
most marginalised groups in Irish society. This is despite the fact that
vast resources and energy have been introduced into programmes,
campaigns and partnerships aimed at improving relations between
Travellers and sedentary society. Whether recognised as an ethnic
group, as in Northern Ireland (see Hamilton, Bloomer and Potter,
Chapter 4 above), or a listed concern of equality legislation, as in the
Republic, Travellers continue to perform very poorly on every indicator
used to measure disadvantage including unemployment, illiteracy,
poverty, health status and access to decision making and political representation.
Nomadism, a core element in Traveller culture, has been
severely curtailed as a number of government Acts were ratified in the
second half of the twentieth century to regulate Travellers’ lives and
delimit their spatial mobility with respect to housing, trespass, use of
roads, ownership and control of animals, anti-social behaviour and
trading.1 Recent surveys of the general population reveal widely held
negative, intolerant and prejudicial attitudes towards Travellers and
their lifestyle (see for example, Powell and Geoghegan, 2004; MacGréil,
2011; Tormey and Gleeson, 2012). Indeed as McVeigh (2008: 92) suggests
the ‘combination of fear and contempt in anti Traveller discourse
has changed remarkably little over time’.
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