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Joyce, Sindy and O’Reilly, Olive and O'Brien, Margaret and Joyce, David and Schweppe, Jennifer and Haynes, Amanda (2022) Irish Travellers’ access to justice. Limerick: European Centre for the Study of Hate.

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Traveller language, culture and traditions, rich in their tapestries, rooted in community, and embedded in oral traditions are a vital part of Ireland’s history. Irish Travellers share a distinctive lifestyle and culture based on a nomadic tradition and have been documented as part of society in Ireland for centuries (Irish Traveller Movement 2018). This research concerns itself with Travellers’ access to justice. Access to justice means having the ability to use the tools of the legal system to protect one’s rights. It is a fundamental human right protected by and through national and international law. Indigenous and ethnic minority communities often experience difficulties in activating these rights. Analyses of the barriers to minorities’ access to justice often focus on accommodating communities’  educational and socioeconomic disadvantage and these are significant obstacles to Travellers’ access to justice as this research documents. This report also addresses even more fundamental barriers to accessing justice, including Travellers’ trust in the criminal justice system and its’ institutions, the legitimacy of that system among the community, and experiences of hostility and discrimination from criminal justice professionals. 

Item Type
Publication Type
Irish-related, Report
Drug Type
All substances
Intervention Type
Harm reduction, Crime prevention
June 2022
146 p.
European Centre for the Study of Hate
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