ICCPR, Geneva July 2014

Concluding observations on the fourth periodic report of Ireland

23. The Committee regrets the lack of progress in implementing its previous recommendations to recognize Travellers as an ethnic minority and to amend the Housing Act of 2002. It also expresses concern at the lack of data concerning the Roma community in the State party, and at instances of discriminatory acts against the Roma community, including the forced removal of Roma children from their families into State care on the basis of their appearance (arts. 26 and 27).

The State party should take concrete steps to recognize Travellers as an ethnic minority group, and amend the Housing Act of 2002 to meet the specific accommodation requirements of Traveller families. In light of the abolishment of the National Action Plan Against Racism, the State party should adopt an effective policy and action plan, developed in consultation with Traveller and Roma communities, to redress situations of inequality. 

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