The politics of Traveller exclusion
in Racism and social change in the Republic of Ireland
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This chapter provides a case study of the politics of Traveller exclusion from 1963, with the publication of the Report of the Commission on Itinerancy, to the end of the twentieth century. During the 1980s Ennis Travellers contested what they described as discrimination in the allocation of council housing on a number of occasions. Travellers in the Ennis area had a deep-rooted antipathy to the site because of its proximity to Drumcliffe cemetery where many of their dead were buried. Opposition to Traveller accommodation was justified on an ongoing basis by allegations of violence by Travellers against settled people. Clare County Council, in conjunction with the local authorities in neighbouring counties, sought to develop the camp as accommodation for all Travellers living within a twenty or thirty mile radius of Limerick city.

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