25 Samh 2019, 15.27

The Joint Committee on Key Issues affecting the Traveller Community resumes its hearings on education tomorrow, Tuesday, in Leinster House, Committee Room 1 at 11am.

Deputy Jan O’Sullivan, representatives from the Marino Institute of Education, and Trinity College Dublin PhD student, Mr. Patrick McDonagh, will make presentations to TDs and Senators.

Speaking before the meeting, Committee Chair Senator Colette Kelleher said: “We look forward to hearing from our delegates as we continue our examination on Travellers access to education at all levels. Education is an issue of key importance to Travellers though many experience, many barriers in getting access to it from primary school through to second level. Travellers value education and it is a real misconception to think otherwise.

“Yet, for example, Traveller children are 50 times more likely than children from the general population to leave school without completing the Leaving Certificate examination and Traveller children are more likely to have timetables with reduced hours. As a Committee we are exploring and will be making recommendations on how the barriers experienced by Travellers can be removed.”

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Committee membership

Teachtaí

Fine Gael

Independents 4 Change

Sinn Féin

Solidarity - People Before Profit

Fianna Fáil

Fianna Fáil

Seanadóirí

Fine Gael

Fine Gael

Colette Kelleher - Cathaoirleach

Independent

Sinn Féin