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Traveller Legislation History

1963

Commission on Itinerancy

Recommended assimilation of Travellers into the settled community

 


1983

Report of the Travelling People Review Body

Promoted the integration of Travellers into mainstream society without adequately supporting and promoting their cultural identity

 


1988

Housing Act

Provides the first statutory recognition of Traveller specific accommodation

 


1991

Prohibition of Incitement to Hatred Act

Prohibits incitement to hatred on the ground of race, colour, religion, ethnic or national origin, membership of the Traveller community and sexual orientation

 


1992

Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act

Section 10 of this act empowers local authorities to remove Travellers, who are camped unofficially, to an unofficial site anywhere within a five mile radius of where they are

 


1993

Roads Act

Relevant to Traveller accommodation but makes very little direct mention to the special needs of the Traveller Community. The Act empowers Local Authorities and Gardaí to remove temporary dwellings in certain circumstances

 


1995

White Paper on Education: ‘Charting our Education Future’

Call for full participation in school life by Traveller Children by means of integration while at the same time respecting Traveller culture

 


1995

Casual Trading Act

This Act requires market traders to apply to each local authority for a casual license for any market in their area

 


1995 

Report of the Task Force on the Travelling Community

This makes a lot of recommendations covering all aspects of Traveller life and acknowledges the distinct culture and identity of the Traveller community

 


1997

Control of Horses Act

Places restriction on the ownership of horses

 


1998 

Housing (Traveller Accommodation) Act

Obliges local authorities to meet the current and projected needs of the Traveller Community. Sections of the Act gives increased powers of eviction to Local Authorities

 


1999 

Employment Equality Act

This Act outlaws discrimination in the employment field on several grounds including membership of the Traveller community

 


1999

Equality Authority Established

The body established with responsibility for the implementation of the Employment Equality Act and the forth coming Equal Status Legislation

 


2000

Equal Status Legislation

This covers the discrimination in the provision of services

 


2001

Youth Work Act

The first regulation of Youth Work in the history of the state

 


2002

The Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act

This Act criminalizes trespass on public and private land. Section 24 of the Public Order Act as amended by the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 2002, provides that: This law was introduced at a time when over a 1,000 Traveller families were camped on public land due to the lack of provision of Traveller accommodation, and where they had been no real progress in relation to the provision of transient accommodation. Its introduction put vulnerable families in fear of being moved on by the Gardaí and put an end to families being able to practice their rights to be nomadic.