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Walsh, B (2010) Cultural dislocation & consequences. An exploratory study of illicit drug activity in a Traveller community in north Dublin. Dublin: Blanchardstown Local Drugs Task Force.

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The misuse of drugs among our community here in Dublin 15 is of great concern to Blanchardstown Traveller Development Group and it is a concern for Traveller families and for the community as a whole. Traveller’s are a marginalised group in Irish society and are one of the most excluded groups socially and culturally in the country and this is no different here in Dublin 15. What is different is the impact that the misuse of drugs is having on our community.

Travellers make up less than one percent of the national population, mostly live in extended families on Traveller sites so when drugs hit our community its more visible and public, so fear of looking for support is harder and this research has identified some of these issues. This research has also identified the type of drug misuse which means we can now start to look at the local responses and supports that are needed to address these serious issues which are having a very negative effect on individuals, parents, families and on the community. The research has identified the local issues and made clear recommendations that need to be acted upon.


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