Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Questions (140)

Jim O'Callaghan

Question:

140. Deputy Jim O'Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of times the National Traveller and Roma Inclusion Strategy Steering Group has meet in 2018 and to date 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47995/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The Government is committed to improving the quality of life of members of the Travelling community. As the Deputy will be aware, in June 2017, I published the National Traveller and Roma Inclusion Strategy 2017 - 2021 (NTRIS). The Strategy represents a whole of Government approach to bring about meaningful change and progress for the Traveller and Roma community in Ireland. It brings government departments and agencies together along with representatives of both Traveller and Roma communities to bring a focus to the issues which affect them most in a structured way.

I chair the quarterly meetings of the NTRIS Steering Group, which held its most recent meeting on 16 October, 2019. The Group met three times in 2018 (March, July and October) and four times in 2019 (January, April, July and October).