Our Key Achievements
A Strong, Traveller-led Movement
ITM’s most important success has been the emergence of an increased number and stronger Traveller organisations that are able to represent and advocate for Travellers’ rights at a local level and then feed that experience into the development of evidence-based analysis to shape policy development and service delivery. Our two innovative accredited leadership programmes (2014 & 2015) have trained a new generation of Traveller activists to lead the Movement locally and national into the future
ITM as a national representative Organisation
The State recognises the ITM as a national representative body. On this platform, the ITM has been able to effectively influence national policies on a range of issues including equality, accommodation and education, such as the Task Force for the Traveller Community (1995), Traveller Accommodation Act (1997), the Equal Status Act (2000 and 2004), the Report and Recommendations for a Traveller Education Strategy (2006).
The Yellow Flag Programme
ITM has developed the innovative Yellow Flag Programme, an intercultural education programme that builds inclusive school environments. This programme has been delivered in 60 schools, impacting on the lives of 20,000 plus children in primary and post primary schools.
CENA Culturally Appropriate Homes
Cena, the voluntary Traveller Accommodation Association, is about to begin pilot builds of two Traveller specific accommodation programmes. Cena as an initiative came directly from discussions in the ITM accommodation working group on how Traveller groups would have knowledge on how to develop best practice processes in building Traveller specific accommodation.
ITM developed the Traveller Pride Awards as a specific response to the erosion of Pride in Traveller identity. It has since grown, with support of a steering group involving all national Traveller groups, into the flagship event to promote Traveller identity.
ITM leads an innovative Traveller-led campaign, moving Traveller ethnicity to the Government agenda, creating cross political party visibility, enhanced international attention and endorsement by Joint Oireachtas Committees of both the Dail and the Seanad.
The ITM Legal Unit
In 2003 the Irish Traveller Movement established a pilot Legal Unit, followed by the establishment of an Independent Law Centre for Travellers (2009) which addressed an unmet legal need within the Community of a specialist, dedicated and free legal service for Travellers, providing legal advice and representation on matters particular to Travellers, e.g. anti-Traveller discrimination, accommodation and anti-Traveller racism. Under this, a Strategic Litigation service allowed us support cases which directly changed / improved Irish law or policy as it impacts on Travellers and indirectly on other groups creating a fairer Ireland for all. Sadly, due to lack of funding the Law Centre ceased at the end of 2014.