Roma in Ireland

In 2011, our legal information and advocacy service began assisting Roma people in Cork in accessing the labour market and social protection. This experience has informed our submission to our government and to the European Commission for measures to ensure equality for Roma people in Ireland, in the context of Ireland’s first Roma Integration Strategy, which was published at the end of 2011.

Roma advocacy group launches #ProudToBeRoma campaign

Participants of the Roma Leadership and Advocacy Training Today, Nasc is launching a week long social media campaign which aims to challenge some of the negative stereotypes that face the Roma community, and instead to highlight what makes individuals proud to have a Roma identity and to be a part of... Read more

PQ: Visa Agreements (Bulgaria and Romania)

123. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if she will confirm the rights of citizens of Bulgaria and Romania, which countries joined the EU in 2007, to travel to work and to claim welfare benefits here; and if she will make a statement on the matter. Minister for Justice... Read more

Nasc hosts Roma anti-racism training for Gardai

Facilitator’s of Nasc’s Roma anti-racism training Last week Nasc, in collaboration with Cork Community Policing and the Garda Racial, Intercultural and Diversity Office (GRIDO), hosted a Roma anti-racism training for 10 members of An Garda Síochána in Cork City. The training was an all... Read more

Roma – From Huedin to Here

Roma – From Huedin to Here is a documentary film directed by Brian Cronin and produced by Roma rights activist Greucean Adam and Claire Larkin in collaboration with Nasc. You can watch the trailer for the film here.  If you would like a copy of the DVD, please send an email toinfo@nascireland.org... Read more

Invitation to International Day of the Roma Celebration

Nasc, the Irish Immigrant Support Centre, along with members of the Roma community are delighted to invite you to a celebration of Roma heritage and culture to mark the International Day of the Roma on April 8th. Event Details:  When:  2-4pm, Wednesday April 8th 2015 Where:  Nasc, Ferry Lane (off... Read more

Anti-Roma violence highlights need for better online hate speech laws

Last week an almost 200 strong mob in Waterford set out to target Roma families living in the area. Chanting “Roma out out out”, it was clear that the intentions of the mob were to intimidate, frighten and run the community out of town.  After smashing some windows and kicking in doors, they succeeded... Read more

What’s Food Got to Do With It? Food Experiences of Asylum Seekers in Direct Provision

2014 ‘What’s Food Got To Do With It? Food Experiences of Asylum Seekers in Direct Provision is based on a qualitative research study that was undertaken with the aim of gaining greater understanding of the lived reality and food experience of asylum seekers living in direct provision centres... Read more

PQ: Ombudsman for Children Reports (Roma)

146. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality when and the way she will implement the recommendations of the special Section 42 inquiry in to the removal of two Roma children from their families with regard to resourcing advocacy services for Roma and undertaking an assessment of... Read more

Press Release: Nasc welcomes publication of report on Roma children

(Photo by James Fraher / Bogfire) Nasc welcomes the publication of the Children’s Ombudsman Emily Logan’s report on the Special Inquiry of An Garda Síochána, after the removal of two Roma children from their homes last year.  The report has finally been made public after it was received by the... Read more

PQ: Traveller Accommodation

 151. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív  asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government  the steps being taken by him to ensure that Travellers are not discriminated against in the allocation of housing, culturally appropriate housing is made available to them and they can access... Read more

Nasc attend Seanad debate on tackling racism

This week, Nasc’s Campaigns and Communication Officer Jennifer DeWan attended a debate in the Seanad on tackling racism and promoting diversity. The debate came as a result of a Private Member’s Motion, introduced by independent Senators Fiach Mac Conghail, Mary Ann O’Brien, Marie Louise O’Donnell,... Read more

PQ: Health Services Access (Roma Maternity Health)

34. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to a recent report by Pavee Point on Roma maternal health here; his plans to address the barriers identified in the report that prevent Roma women from accessing healthcare, such as lack of clear and accessible information... Read more

Nasc host Cork launch of Roma – One People, Many Lives

Nasc is pleased to announce the opening of a photo exhibition that challenges stereotypes of the Roma Community in Ireland. Roma – One People, Many Lives will be launched in Cork on Monday 14th April 2014 at 6PM in Cork City Library, Grand Parade. The exhibition will be opened by Minister Kathleen... Read more

‘Roma – From Heudin to Here’ Screening 8th April

To mark the International Day of the Roma, Nasc will be screening our short documentary film entitled ‘Roma: From Heudin to Here’. Date: Tuesday 8th April 2014 Time: 6 – 7pm Where: Nasc Event Room, Ferry Lane Suggested donation: €5 / €3 (unwaged) The film explores the story of... Read more

Photographic exhibition challenges stereotypes of Roma

  Members of the Roma community will gather in City Hall today with Nasc, the Equality Authority and Pavee Point Traveller and Roma Centre for the launch of an exhibition to challenge stereotypes of Roma people living in Ireland. Roma: One People – Many Lives is a photographic exhibition and provides... Read more

Invitation to ‘Roma: One People, Many Lives’ Exhibition Launch

The Equality Authority, Nasc and Pavee Point Traveller and Roma Centre are delighted to announce the launch date for our upcoming photographic exhibition and invite you to come and join us on the day. The exhibition entitled ‘Roma: One People, Many Lives’, aims to challenge stereotypes of... Read more

PQ: Traveller Accommodation

140. Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if his attention has been drawn to the impact inadequate accommodation, lack of appropriate accommodation and overcrowding on sites is having on Traveller mental health.    Minister of State at the... Read more

PQ: Priority Questions: Traveller Accommodation

5. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if, in view of the €50 million underspend by local authorities relating to Traveller accommodation discussed at committee level in May and the current crisis in Traveller accommodation, he will now exercise... Read more

PQ: Child Protection (Roma)

155. Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the reason one blonde haired child was taken away from one family while the dark haired child was left if the children were at risk. Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): Ms Emily Logan has agreed to conduct an... Read more

Roma – One People, Many Lives

Sisters. Photo by James Fraher, Bogfire Roma, One People – Many Lives is the title of a photographic exhibition being developed by the Equality Authority, Nasc and Pavee Point to challenge stereotypes of Roma people. Work on the exhibition began in September and so far a number of Roma people... Read more