Over the course of the recent presidential election campaign in the South the whole country witnessed highly controversial and ‘border-line racist’ depictions of the Travelling community, where one of the candidates in particular attempted to stir up hatred and resentment towards travellers by portraying them as state spongers and people who were “not paying their fair share of taxes in society”.
Eileen Flynn, Traveller Activist, Irish Traveller Movement
Martin Mongan, Traveller Activist, Donegal Travellers Project & National Traveller Youth Organisation
Martin Mongan is a member of the Traveller community who lives with his family in Co Donegal. He is the Senior Youth Worker with Involve Youth Service Letterkenny, which is part of the National Traveller Youth Organisation. He is also the chairperson of Donegal Travellers Project, an independent community development and human rights organisation from 2017 – 2019. He works directly with young Travellers in the Letterkenny area for the last three years advocating for Traveller rights.
Kitty Holland, Journalist and Irish Times columnist.
Chair: Catherine McGinty