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Travellers are still oppressed, says report

By David Young

More needs to be done to tackle discrimination against the Traveller community in Northern Ireland, campaigners have said.

The call for action came after the publication of research into the levels of integration in the region.

The report was part of a wider study into the experiences of people from black and ethnic minority backgrounds living in Northern Ireland.

The EU-backed research was conducted by the Northern Ireland Council for Ethnic Minorities. Yesterday's report, the second of two, focused on responses from more than 150 members of the Traveller community.

Mark Donahue of the Traveller and Gypsy Network (NI) called for discrimination to be addressed at the launch event in Belfast City Hall. "After 30 years living in Northern Ireland, I still feel oppressed and scrutinised when accessing services or buying goods because I am a Traveller," he said.

Activist Bridget McCann from the Traveller community said: "In the future I want respect for my grandchildren, as for any other young person growing up here."

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