Membership – Key Issues

The Movement was created to provide a platform for Travellers and Traveller groups to come collectively together to share information and develop a collective vision on policies that would promote equality for Travellers in Irish society

A Membership-led Movement
What we are working towards: “A stronger, Traveller-led Movement that has a greater sense of working as a national collective, developing and sharing best practice to bring about equality for Travellers.”

A significant challenge for ITM members reflects the effects of austerity on Traveller-specific programmes (in accommodation, education etc) which has resulted in greater demands on local Traveller organisations, who have had their budgets cut since 2008.

The reduction in staffing levels, additional pressures and lack of core budgets for some members has had an impact on participation in collective spaces to generate best practice and new innovative thinking.

What ITM will do:
ITM members as part of our strategic plan looked at building dynamic, creative ways for the membership as a collective to ensure that ITM is led by its members and that Travellers are actively involved in all aspects of the work: locally, regionally and nationally. The key actions over from 2017-2020 will focus on:

  • Develop, disseminate and support the adoption of the Irish Traveller Movement Charter among all our members
  • Build practices to ensure Travellers take on key roles locally, regionally and nationally
  • Support and enable best practice among our members to ensure local Traveller organisations become stronger
  • Create spaces to ensure the Movement remains a grassroots-led organisation responsive to new issues and developing collective analysis
  • Create spaces for our members to be involved in dynamic discussions leading to innovative, solution based policies and actions for change
  • Create space for Travellers & Traveller activists to look at new ways to bring Travellers into the work of ITM to ensure a vibrant engagement of Travellers locally and nationally

Profile of ITM Members
Approximately 40 Traveller organisations are members of the Irish Travellers Movement. These organisations are predominantly local Traveller organisations spread across the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, with a few members located in Britain. A number of national Traveller organisations are also part of the membership of the ITM, including Pavee Point Travellers Centre, Exchange House and National Traveller MABS.

If you are interested in getting involved locally, visit our members’ contact page which can be accessed here (link to interactive map)

Join the ITM
The membership of the Irish Traveller Movement consists of Full Members (Traveller Groups with active Traveller participation) and Associate Members (individuals or other groups who support the aims of ITM) and individual members. The criteria for the three forms of membership are listed below.

For more information on affiliating to the ITM, contact Damien Walshe on dwalsheitm@gmail.com

  • Full Membership for Traveller Organisations
  • Associate Membership for anyone else (Traveller Primary Health Care Programmes, NGOs and Human Rights Organisations, Local Area-based Partnerships, Community & Youth Groups, State Organisations, other individuals, etc.)
  • Individual Membership

Anyone, who supports the aims and core principles of the ITM can affiliate to become a member. Joining the Movement strengthens the organisation and its mandate to advocate and lobby on Traveller issues. In turn members have access to an array of information (especially via our weekly e-zine, the ITM website, newsletters ), and the opportunity to join its working groups, take part in the regional networks and the AGM or become a member of the Central Group, which is the management structure of the Movement.

To develop policy on issues affecting Travellers, the ITM has established a number of working groups. Currently there are four working groups: Accommodation, Ethnicity and Education. The effectiveness of working groups depends entirely on the active engagement of Travelles and other ITM members. From time-to-time, there may also be additional short-term project groups.

Membership of the ITM

1. Full Member
Criteria: Must be a Local Traveller Organisation/ Traveller Group

The Rights Afforded to Full Members are:
  • Receive all information from the ITM
  • Can be involved in Working Groups and Regional Networks
  • Invited to AGM
  • Full voting rights at AGM
  • Can be member of the Central Group

1.a National/ International Full Member
Criteria: National and International Irish Traveller Organisations

The Rights Afforded to National and International Full Members are:
  • Invited to AGM
  • Full voting rights at AGM
  • Receive all ITM information
  • Can be on National Working Groups
  • Can be on Regional Networks

2. Associate Member
Criteria: Organisations and Individuals who support and sign up to the Core Principles, aims and objectives of ITM e.g. Primary Health Care Programmes, Statutory Bodies, Pre-schools, Training Centres, General CDPs, Partnerships etc.

The Rights Afforded to Associate Members are:

  • Can receive ITM newsletter and general information
  • Invited to the AGM
  • Can be involved in National Working Groups

3. Individual Traveller Member
Criteria: Individuals who are not linked into local groups and who sign up to the Core Principles, aims and objectives of ITM.

The Rights Afforded to Individual Traveller Members are:

  • Can receive ITM newsletter and general information
  • Can be Involved in National Working Groups
  • Can be involved in Regional Networks
  • Invited to the AGM

To protect the Core Vision and the collective ownership of the Movement, only full members (i.e. Traveller Organisations) have a vote at the AGM.
Participation in the ITM

Annual Membership Fees

Local Traveller Organisation (Full Member) €250.00
National/ International Traveller Organisation (Full Member) €250.00
Associate Member €100.00
Individual Member (waged) €40.00
Individual Member (unwaged) €20.00
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