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Travellers Win Suit in Ireland

7 November 2002

According to the Irish national daily newspaper The Irish Times of August 15, 2002, on August 14, 2002, four Travellers were awarded 4,500 euros in compensation, to be paid by the Drogheda Lodge Pub in Finglas, north of Dublin, after they were refused service in the pub. Travellers are a group in Ireland facing similar discrimination as Roma elsewhere in Europe, and as such are frequently grouped with Roma in the international framework. The decision was made by the Office of the Director of Equality Investigations (ODEI) following an incident on July 7, 2001, in which the manager of the pub reportedly instructed staff at the bar not to serve the Travellers and they were asked to leave without reason, after the doorman had allowed them to enter. According to The Irish Times, during the investigation, the pub stated that it had a strict admission policy and dress code which entailed doormen checking for clothing and other articles that identified someone as "rough looking." A Drogheda Lodge Pub staff member reportedly testified that he asked the manager's opinion because one of the Traveller women was wearing a "flimsy summer dress" and tasteless earrings. The manager stated that one of the women reminded him of a woman who had been involved in an incident in the pub in 1998, according to the daily. The daily reported that the ODEI found in favour of the four Travellers because they were refused service based on an incident that had happened years previously and not on individual considerations. Further information on the situation of Travellers in Ireland is available on the ERRC's Internet website at: http://lists.errc.org/publications/indices/ireland.shtml

(The Irish Times)

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ERRC submission to UN HRC on Hungary (February 2018)

14 February 2018

Written Comments of the European Roma Rights Centre concerning Hungary to the UN Human Rights Committee for consideration at its 122nd session (12 Narch - 6 April 2018).

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The Fragility of Professional Competence: A Preliminary Account of Child Protection Practice with Romani and Traveller Children in England

24 January 2018

Romani and Traveller children in England are much more likely to be taken into state care than the majority population, and the numbers are rising. Between 2009 and 2016 the number of Irish Travellers in care has risen by 400% and the number of Romani children has risen 933%. The increases are not consistent with national trends, and when compared to population data, suggest that Romani and Traveller children living in the UK could be 3 times more likely be taken into public care than any other child. 

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Families Divided: Romani and Egyptian Children in Albanian Institutions

21 November 2017

There’s a high percentage of Romani and Egyptian children in children’s homes in Albania – a disproportionate number. These children are often put into institutions because of poverty, and then find it impossible ever to return to their families. Because of centuries of discrimination Roma and Egyptians in Albania are less likely to live in adequate housing, less likely to be employed and more likely to feel the effects of extreme poverty.

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