VISION AND MISSION OF THE IRISH TRAVELLER MOVEMENT
The vision for the ITM is the ideal end state that the ITM and others are working towards.
"An Ireland where Travellers are proud of their identity and with their ethnicity recognised, can achieve their fullest potential to play an active role in Irish society"
"ITM provides a platform to represent the voice of Travellers and Traveller organisations nationally, by working in partnership with Travellers and non-Travellers alike, to find collective solutions to issues affecting the community in order to achieve equality"
What is the Irish Traveller Movement?
The Irish Traveller Movement (ITM) is a national network of organisations and individuals working within the Traveller community.
ITM was established in 1990 and now has over seventy Traveller organisations from all parts of Ireland in its membership. The Irish Traveller Movement consists of a partnership between Travellers and settled people committed to seeking full equality for Travellers in Irish society. This partnership is reflected in all of the structures of ITM.
The Irish Traveller Movement was formed to be a national platform, through which Travellers and their organisations are enabled to:
- Highlight the issues faced by Travellers and to press for real solutions.
- Debate ideas and formulate and promote culturally appropriate initiatives.
- Provide those active at a local level with support and solidarity.
- Develop alliances at national level.
- Challenge the many forms of individual, structural and institutional racism with which Travellers have to deal.
The Irish Traveller Movement has in its membership over 70 Traveller organisations from all parts of the island of Ireland, and has established contact with Irish Traveller groups in Britain.
Membership is open to all those who support the aims and objectives of the movement. For more information on joining the ITM, see the getting involved
section of the ITM website
Each year the ITM membership elects a board of management, the ITM Central Group, to manage the organisation. At present the ITM is chaired by Maureen Ward and John McCarthy is Vice Chair. Catherine Morely is Treasurer and Julie Nevin is Secretary. The Central Group as of June 2012 is:
Maureen Ward (Chairperson)
John McCarthy (Vice-Chairperson & Secretary)
Catherine Morley (Treasurer)
Mary Helen Connors
Christina BolandThe ITM Staff are as follows:
Brigid Quilligan (Director) email@example.com
Chantelle Maritz (Part Time Administrator) firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul Buggy (Receptionist) email@example.com
Jacinta Brack firstname.lastname@example.orgInnovative Programmes:
Cena- Culturally Appropriate Homes
Brigid Casey email@example.com
Yellow Flag Programme
Paula Madden firstname.lastname@example.orgAccommodation Team
Rose Marie Maughan (part time) email@example.com
Collette Spears (part time) firstname.lastname@example.org Community Development Workers
Rose Marie Maughan (Community Development Worker, Co. Louth, part time)email@example.com
Bernard Joyce (Community Development Worker, Co. Cavan)firstname.lastname@example.orgMembership Development Worker
Damien Walshe (Membership) email@example.com
The ITM is involved in a number of representational roles, ensuring that our Members’ voice is brought to key policy arenas. These include the National Traveller Monitoring and Advisory Committee (NTMAC), the National Traveller Accommodation Consultative Committee (NTACC), the National Traveller Education Strategy Advisory and Consultative Forum, the Northern Ireland Traveller Education Taskforce, European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN), European Network Against Racism (ENAR), the Equality Rights Alliance (ERA), the Community Platform, the Community Workers Cooperative, Equality Authority (Community and Voluntary and Stereotyping Subgroups), the Northern Ireland Traveller Network, Public Interest Litigation Alliance and the NGO Alliance Against Racism.