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RTE Article: https://www.rte.ie/news/ireland/2019/0326/1038788-traveller-address-to-committee/?fbclid=IwAR1Mw2qJHoalb_KZ8TX67tmZsBEt8lHWMYXNNEw8MkiIv3dVu2ddUjFOlo8  
ITM and Yellow Flag submissions available here: https://itmtrav.ie/itm-submissions/

QUESTION
To ask the Minister for Housing; Planning and Local Government if the quarterly social housing construction pipeline report will include Traveller specific accommodation from the next report; and when the report will be published.
REPLY
My Department publishes a quarterly Social Housing Construction Status Report, which provides information on the status of many of the various social housing new build projects underway nationally.  The report includes details of schemes being progressed by the local authorities and Approved Housing Bodies. 

 A dedicated budget is in place to fund the delivery of Traveller-specific accommodation, based on the requirements identified in the local Traveller Accommodation Programmes (TAPs).  The funding supports the delivery of various types of accommodation including group housing, halting sites and the refurbishment of existing units.  

In line with the commitment in Rebuilding Ireland, and reflecting the disappointing level of overall funding drawdown in recent years,  in 2017 the Housing Agency commissioned a review of funding for Traveller-specific accommodation to date.  This review had regard to targets contained in local authority TAPs and actual delivery, the current status of accommodation funded and funding provided for accommodation maintenance and other supports.   Following its consideration of the review, the National Traveller Accommodation Consultative Committee recommended that an Independent Expert Group be established to examine and make recommendations on issues regarding Traveller accommodation policy, strategy and implementation.  The work of this Expert Group is now underway with a report from the Group expected in April 2019.  

In the context of this work, my Department will also review the reporting arrangements on the delivery of Traveller-specific accommodation.  
 
Yellow Flag Development Worker Job Description
Department of Justice Press release link: http://www.justice.ie/en/JELR/Pages/PR19000090

Application for for local funding: here 

Guidelines for application: here

The Irish Traveller Movement speaking  at  the  launch of ENAR Anti Racism  political Pledge in the AV Room in Dail Eireann. Well done to everyone  and all political parties who have signed up.

The Irish Traveller Movement stated stated that 21st of March reminds us of the racial discrimination and negative consequences. It’s also encourages the state on their obligation and responsibility to combat racial discrimination here in Ireland. Racism is a way of beating people down emotionally and psychologically and stripping away people’s self-worth. we’ve seen in recent times those running in elections  dehumanising Travellers and spreading hate speech. We must all do everything in our powers to stop the flames that ignite hatred in Ireland and further afield. Today were asking our political leaders and all political parties to step up and show there support by signing this pledge in the lead to the local and European elections. We cannot allow racism to govern, we cannot allow racism to flourish in the corridors of power and we must at all costs work towards building a more inclusive fair and just society for all.
Clondalkin Traveller Mental Health Report 2019
Deadline Extended! 
Seanad Administrative Assistant
Senator Colette Kelleher’s office has an exciting opportunity now for a Traveller to
be appointed as Administrative Assistant to her office. This person should be in
place by April 2019.
Below are the proposed terms and conditions. The Assistant will be paid by Senator Kelleher’s office directly and will work in Leinster House for two days per week, from April to end December 2019 (may be extended and subject to parliamentary cycle). 
Interviews will be held in mid-March.
Part Time Assistant 
Terms
  • Two days per week. April – end December 2019.
  • €14 per hour (above living wage).
  • Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2.
  • Reporting to Parliamentary Assistant.

Tasks
  • The Assistant will advise and assist the Senator on her work relating to Travellers.
  • Other duties will be mainly of an administrative nature which may include but are not limited to filing, shredding, sorting, and responding to letters/emails.
  • Other tasks of a project nature may include but are not limited to updating the
  • website, working on a newsletter, etc.
  • At times, the Assistant will be asked to undertake other tasks to assist the
  • Senator and her staff with their ongoing work.
  • Attendance at meetings from time to time may be required.

Experience & skills
  • Experience working on public policy regarding the Travelling Community.
  • Interpersonal and Communication Skills.
  • Building and Maintaining Relationships.
  • Ability to work as part of a team.
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines.
  • Understanding of the Irish Traveller political landscape.
  • Flexibility and adaptability.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Knowledge of Traveller specific and Community impact heavy legislation

Payment method
The Assistant will keep a time sheet that will be signed weekly.
The Assistant will provide an invoice to the Senator of the hours worked. The first invoice is due on 26.04.19.
This invoice must include the following details: name, address, phone number and PPS number.
The Assistant will be paid directly by the Senator from the PRA allowance and will be issued with a receipt.

Timeline
All Applicants should Send CV and cover for the attention of Senator Colette
Kelleher, Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. Closing Date 13th March
Notice for interview Friday 15th March
Interviews will take place morning of Wednesday 20th March
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