The legacy of anti-Traveller racism
in Racism and social change in the Republic of Ireland
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Travellers legacy is characterised by the persistence of institutional racism in many areas of social policy, a long-standing denial of Traveller ethnicity and denial of anti-Traveller racism. The account of Travellers set out in the minority report depicted them as a deviant and transgressive underclass. The Report of the Commission on Itinerancy, the Report of the Travelling People Review Body and the Report of the Task Force on the Travelling Community depicted shifts in institutional responses to Travellers. These shifts have influenced equality legislation and responses to new minority communities. The discourses on culture and ethnicity within the Report of the Task Force represented ideological conflicts between dominant monoculturalism and nascent Irish multiculturalism which owed to the influence of Traveller organisations. The Primary Health Care for Travellers Project has identified poverty, poor accommodation and cultural stress resulting from discrimination and exclusion as causes of health inequalities experienced by Travellers.


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