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Equality

Survey: Because I'm a Traveller


Most Travellers can give a range of examples of how they have been and are discriminated against because of their Traveller identity.

There are Travellers who decide not to socialise or use certain services because they are afraid that yet again they will be "made a show of", or embarrassed. Yet many people who are not experiencing discrimination themselves fail to acknowledge it is an issue in Irish society that must be effectively addressed through a range of measures including strong anti-discrimination legislation.

So ITM conducted a survey of Travellers through its membership on a range of service provision including shops, hotels, pubs, medical and welfare services. The following data highlights the findings of this research.

PUBS

89.7% said they went to a pub 77.2% had been told to leave a pub by bar staff 78.6% had been refused a drink 70.8% had been refused "because we were Travellers"

HOTELS

60.8% said they had tried to book a hotel 75.7% of these had experienced problems 46.9% said that it was "because we were Travellers" 44.9% were asked to leave or cancel

SHOPS

53.9% said they had been asked to leave a shop 66.1% had experienced others being served before them 60% had been "made a show of" (embarrassed) in shops

HAIRDRESSERS

32.5% said they had been asked to leave a hairdressers 31% had experienced others being served before them 28.3% had been "made a show of" (embarrassed) in a hairdressers

LAUNDRETTE

18.2% said they had been asked to leave a laundrette 25.5% had experienced others being served before them 24.7% had been "made a show of" (embarrassed) in a laundrette