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Rights bodies say the Roma community faces widespread discrimination and an indifferent state attitude to their integration

27th October, 2013
Roma Day celebrations at the Pavee Point Traveller and Roma Centre in DublinDerek Speirs

The past seven days have thrown the treatment of the Roma community in Ireland into the spotlight. But racism and exclusion are the main experiences of the community in Ireland, according to representative group Pavee Point and Nasc, the Irish immigrant support centre.

A recent report from Nasc, entitled In from the Margins: Roma in Ireland, is damning in its findings, concluding that the Irish government's commitment to the adoption and roll-out of a National...

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