12/03/2018

More Than €200,000 Available To Promote Roma Inclusion

More than €200,000 of funding is being made available for projects which aim to promote equality for Romanian communities across Ireland.

The €210,000 will be split between six organisation nationwide, with grants of up to 50,000 each for activities to support the inclusion of Roma within Irish society. Funding will be available to the successful groups for each of the three years 2018-2020.

The Roma Needs Assessment, launched in January in the Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin, identifies a range of steps needed to be taken across a number of areas to achieve outcomes for Roma that are equal to those of the general population.

Announcing the funding, Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality with special responsibility for Equality, Immigration and Integration, David Stanton, T.D., said: "I firmly believe that actions at local level are key to ensuring that the Roma community are included, can contribute to and play a full role in Irish society.

"I am very pleased that we are able to support these projects and I look forward to seeing positive outcomes."

(LM)

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