“Following consultation with members of the Traveller Community in Listowel Kerry Travellers Health & Community Development Project wish to clarify that the men engaged in a fight which was filmed and posted on YouTube in recent days are not members of the Traveller Community. The Project is very concerned at the seeming inference by some that they are, and the negative impact that this is having on the local Traveller Community in Listowel and indeed throughout the county.
Kerry Travellers Health & Community Development Project totally deplores all violence from members of the Traveller and Settled Communities. As violence is a criminal matter we trust that an Garda Síochána are duly investigating the incident.
The work of Kerry Travellers Health & Community Development Project stems from an acknowledgement of the separate and distinct culture of the Traveller Community. The work of the Project involves ongoing consultation with Travellers, involving the community in articulating its own needs and facilitating Travellers’ capacity to act as prime movers in their own development and participate in the strategies and initiatives that affect their way of life. The Project’s aim is to create a partnership between Travellers and settled people to challenge inequalities and to bring about positive change for the Traveller community at both an individual and institutional level.”
Manager, Kerry Travellers Health & Community Development Project