Minceirs Whiden Traveller Political Participation “The Road Less Travelled” 23rd Sep 2021. A sit down discussion with key Traveller Activists.

Note: Live stream will be available from 10:00am and will begin at 10:45 am, https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86345275477?pwd=UWZwVXA5NW8vdi9WcnlhcUU0TFcwQT09 

The need for Traveller political participation, visibility and representation has long been recognised by Traveller organisation and activists, with a history of trying to mobilise the Traveller vote right back to the 1980’s, yet Traveller voter turnout continues to be very low.   

There has been some success with a number of Travellers contesting election and small number getting elected. 

Currently  Senator Eileen Flynn – is the only member of the community holding public office. Senator Flynn is doing an amazing job, there are many Travellers who are will able for  this challenge, the capacity  it there, it just needs to be encouraged and supported. 

By  2024 Minceirs Whiden  want the Traveller voice to be  heard in every political arena in Ireland.   Minceirs Whiden is  not interested in politics for the sake of politics , but we see it as a necessary tool in getting better outcome for the Traveller community,  over the decades Traveller Activist and Organisation locally and nationally have done amazing work putting the issues the community is dealing with on the table , along with the underlying cause and solutions,  however because of lack of  political will & support we haven’t been able to get the outcomes needed.

Minceirs Whiden is kicking of this project with  Traveller Political Participation, The Road Less Travelled” a sit-down discussion with key Traveller activist the 23rd of September 2021 in Athlone, invites to be part live  audience has been  issued to  local and national Traveller projects.  

The event will be live streamed see  attached link to register. Note: Live stream will be available from 10:00am and will begin at 10:30, https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86345275477?pwd=UWZwVXA5NW8vdi9WcnlhcUU0TFcwQT09 

Kathleen sherlock speaking the the 23rd at Traveller Political Participation conference , The Road Less Travelled,