The County Galway Traveller Interagency Group seeks to promote and support adequate, appropriate, and effective service provision to the Traveller community. It is motivated by the shared values of dignity, diversity, participation and inclusion. The Traveller Interagency Group consists of representatives from a number of public, community and voluntary bodies in the administrative area of County Galway including Galway County Council, Health Service Executive, Tusla, Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Galway and Roscommon Education and Training Board, Galway Rural Development, Western Traveller and Intercultural Development, Galway Traveller Movement, and the Galway County Public Participation Network.
The County Galway Traveller Interagency Group developed a framework to implement a common strategy across public sector organisations to take account of the practical implications of Traveller culture and ethnic identity in planning, policy development, and service provision. This framework acknowledges Travellers as a distinct ethnic group in Irish society, respecting their history as an indigenous Irish group. The Framework is based on a values-led approach to Traveller ethnicity in County Galway and is intended to further spread and embed good practice across member organisations.
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