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Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 27 July 2021

Tuesday, 27 July 2021

Questions (2913, 2995)

Thomas Pringle

Question:

2913. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Health the reason the report by an organisation (details supplied) on Traveller homelessness was not published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39634/21]

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Cian O'Callaghan

Question:

2995. Deputy Cian O'Callaghan asked the Minister for Health when the report by a person (details supplied) on Traveller homelessness will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39820/21]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 2913 and 2995 together.

The Department of Health has oversight responsibility for the health policy for vulnerable and socially excluded groups, including members of the Traveller and Roma communities. Responsibility for the provision of health service falls under the HSE National Social Inclusion Office, which works to improve access to mainstream health services, as well as providing targeted measures. The Department funds the HSE for the delivery of a range of health-related services and supports to members of the Traveller community.

In relation to the research referenced by the Deputies, I am advised that in 2019 the HSE provided funding, through CHO 6, to the organisation referred to, for a Traveller homelessness research project. I understand from the organisation's website that it decided not to publish the full text at this point as the research requires considerable edits and modifications to make it accessible for the readers and users for whom it was intended.

I trust that this is information is useful.

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