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'Whiden Toie' - The Road to Recognition and Rights: Symposium 2014

Galway Traveller Movement & Community Knowledge Initiative, NUI Galway

Monday, 3 November 2014 from 09:30 to 16:30

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  Symposium Theme: Creating the Conditions for Engagement:

A call for substantive Equality for the Traveller Community  

The event will promote dialogue and debate in the West of Ireland on the topic of substantive equality for the Traveller community. Traveller leaders on the day will demonstrate the diversity that exists within the community, while highlighting some of GTM’s main achievements to date. The emphasis will be on the Traveller leaders, sharing their views and perspectives on what is needed to make Ireland a more progressive and equal society. In the afternoon, the symposium will also present inputs from special guests who have demonstrated their commitment to addressing structural inequalities experienced by many groups at a local, national and international level. Symposium participants will be asked to contribute their views and perspectives using interactive methodologies throughout the day.



The Symposium will provide a forum for engagement between:

Traveller Leaders, Members of the Travelling Community, Policy Makers, Key Representatives and decision makers from Service Providers and Government Departments, Politicians, Academics, Educators at all levels, Community & Voluntary sector, Non-Governmental Organisations, Trade Unions, Employers, Business Sector, Human Rights Advocates, etc.




9.30 – 10.00    Registration and Refreshments

10.00 – 10.15    Welcome
Hannagh McGinley, Galway Traveller Movement Chairperson &
An tOllamh Pól Ó Dochartaigh, Registrar and Deputy-President, NUI Galway

10. 15 – 11.15    Visualising Equality – Deliberative Engagement Space
Peter Casby, Facilitator

11.15 – 12.30    Equality Discussed – A Review and Reflection Space:
Views and Perspectives of Four Traveller Leaders and Activists

Bridget Quilligan, Director, Irish Traveller Movement
Ethnicity and Recognition

Sindy Joyce, PhD student, University of Limerick
Traveller Use of Public Spaces

Martin Collins, Director, Pavee Point
Traveller Rights are Human Rights

Hannagh McGinley, PhD student, NUI Galway

12.30 – 1.15    Plenary Session – Questions and Answers

1.15 – 2.00    LUNCH


Galway Traveller Movement 20 years photographic exhibition

Symposium 2014 exhibition


2.00 – 4.00    Substantive Equality for the Traveller Community: Presentations & Responses

Michael O’Flaherty, Director, Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway: Justice and Equality for Travellers – A Matter of Human Rights

Chris Mc Inerney: Lecturer, Politics & Public Administration University of Limerick: Social Inclusion in Public Administration

Kate Morris, Co-ordinator, Campus Engage: Conditions for Engagement in Higher Education

Anastasia Crickley, Head of Department, Applied Social Studies, NUI Maynooth: Elimination of Racial Discrimination: A Radical Approach towards Full Equality

Responses: Traveller panel and symposium participants

4.00 – 4.15    Substantive Equality for the Traveller Community: Response by:
Aodhán Ó Ríordáin , Minister of State for Equality, New Communities and Culture

4.15 – 4.30    Symposium Declaration: Hannagh McGinley, Galway Traveller Movement Chairperson
Standing in solidarity in the call for full equality and recognition for the Traveller community.

4.30    Symposium Close

Attendance at the event is free but must be pre-booked.

Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. In the event of high demand, late-booking participants may be placed on a waiting list.

Twitter:                 @GTMtrav / @CKIatNUIG

Event hashtag:    #GTMsymp2014

Facebook:            Galway Traveller Movement / CKI NUI Galway
Do you have questions about 'Whiden Toie' - The Road to Recognition and Rights: Symposium 2014? Contact Galway Traveller Movement & Community Knowledge Initiative, NUI Galway
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When & Where

Bailey Allen Hall, National University of Ireland Galway
Áras na Mac Léinn
Galway City

Monday, 3 November 2014 from 09:30 to 16:30

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Galway Traveller Movement & Community Knowledge Initiative, NUI Galway

Galway Traveller Movement

The Galway Traveller Movement was set up as an independent Traveller organisation in 1994. It was established by Travellers and non Travellers in Galway with the ultimate aim to achieve equality and self determination for the Traveller community in Galway city and county. Applying community work and human rights based approaches GTM as part of its strategic plan (2014-2016) plans to dedicate its resources to enabling the Traveller Community to be part of a movement that challenges structural inequality.

Community Knowledge Initiative, NUI Galway

The Community Knowledge Initiative (CKI) at NUI Galway is a centre for community engagement based in the university, which works in partnership with the wider community, creating spaces and opportunities for the community and the university to work together through a range of activities. These activities include volunteering, service learning, knowledge-sharing and community-based research, all of which involve students and staff of the university partnering with community organisations on a variety of projects, which have the goal of bringing about positive social change in society. The CKI is committed to fostering community-university partnerships that promote the principles and practices of civic engagement and democracy. Further information is available at:  

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