21st October 2021
[IPRT Executive Director Fíona Ní Chinnéide. Photo: Oireachtas TV.]
IPRT Executive Director Fíona Ní Chinnéide appeared before the Joint Committee on Key Issues affecting the Traveller Community on Thursday 21st October to discuss Travellers’ experiences in prison in Ireland and related matters.
IPRT was joined by Anne Costello (Travellers in Prison Initiative), Maria Joyce (National Traveller Women’s Forum) and Barry Owens (IASIO) during the first half of the session. Representatives from the Irish Prison Service, Probation Service and the City of Dublin ETB were heard in the second half of the session.
Our recommendations to the Committee are as follows:
For more, IPRT's Opening Statement can be read here.
A video of the Committee meeting is available online here, with IPRT appearing from 00:46:23. Questions from Committee members commence at 01:00:40. The second half of the Committee session commences at 1:54:25.
The Opening Statements of the other witnesses before the Committee are available on the Oireachtas website here.
Respect for rights in the penal system with prison as a last resort.