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Human Rights team in Newry visit to discuss services and support for Travellers

More 'engagement visits' planned over coming weeks

Chief Commissioner Les Allamby and Dr Hannah Russell at the launch of the Commission’s ‘Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Travellers’ Accommodation in Northern Ireland’ report in Belfast City Hall earlier this year.

Officials from the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission have visited Newry to meet with local Traveller support groups and organisations as part of its ongoing engagement work.

The visit was facilitated by the Promoting Wellbeing Team of the Southern Trust, Health and Social Care NI.

Northern Ireland Human Rights Chief Commissioner Les Allamby said: “We were delighted to visit Newry to discuss the findings and recommendations of our recent investigation into Travellers accommodation.

“The report found a range of systematic issues, including inadequacy of sites, racial discrimination and a lack of engagement between public authorities and Travellers in Northern Ireland.

“We are committed to engaging with Travellers and Traveller support groups as it is important that we listen again to local experiences and then work together with local authorities to bring about the change that is currently needed.”

The Commission’s investigation report into Travellers’ accommodation was published in March this year.

Since the publication, the Commission has put in place an implementation plan to pursue the recommendations in the report.

As a result, it has continued to engage with relevant public authorities, Travellers, and Traveller support groups to resolve the issues identified in the investigation report.

Further planned engagement visits will take place over the coming weeks.

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