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The Travelling Community in the north of Ireland
« on: August 15, 2006, 10:47:22 AM »
The Travelling Community in the north of Ireland has been identified as a distinct ethnic group. The Adopt a Highway Project was launched in Belfast in March 2005 with the aim of establishing and strengthening links between the Travelling and settled communities in West Belfast. An Munia Tober (meaning "The Good Road")
is the new Traveller's Support Programme for Belfast. It has been formed through the amalgamation of Belfast Travellers Support Group (BTEDG/BTSG) and Belfast Travellers Education Development Group. An Munia Tober website includes some songs sung by a small choir of travelling children at St Mary's Primary School which I am sure will bring a smile to most of your faces.  Last year some members of the travelling community parked their caravans at the grounds of the Hilton Hotel, Templepatrick as there is no temporary halting site in the north of Ireland and all the permanent sites were full. Like members of the settled community throughout Ireland the travellers need adequate health care so a ‘Cross-Border Network of Health Visitors and Public Health Nurses working with Travellers’ was set up in 2003.