THE LIMERICK Traveller Network (LTN), supported by Exchange House Ireland National Traveller Service, have recently been awarded funding for three new projects.
The remit of the projects is to set up an independent Traveller organisation to provide a voice for representation for the community locally.
Minister of State for Community Development, Joe O’Brien, approved funding for the extension of the Community Development Pilot Programme with the addition of three new projects to the scheme.
The LTN are made up of members of the community representing eight halting sites.
The funding will enable the community to develop a plan to drive changes in the areas of mental health, accommodation, education, and discrimination, and empower the community to take an active role as citizens of Limerick.
Speaking following the announcement, Minister Joe O’Brien said: “It is vital that the needs and challenges facing those most vulnerable and marginalised in our society are recognised and they are empowered to engage, share their experiences and have their voices heard. This programme provides this opportunity.”
“The programme facilitates a community led approach to addressing significant social challenges. It is important to tailor interventions to the specific context and involves the affected communities in decision making processes. This is what the Community Development Programme is all about.”