The pdf. can be viewed on the ESRI website
The aim of the report was to examine the risk of disadvantage associated with gender, marital status, family status, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, race and membership of the Traveller community. However, it might be better to restrict ourselves to the issue of the traveller community, as the findings made in relation to that community were particularly stark.
Here are some basic figures that emerged or were cited from other reports.
- Travellers have a lower life expectancy, with the result that only 9 per cent of the Traveller population is over age 50, compared with 28 per cent of white Irish adults.
- Over half of the Traveller population is under age 20 (53 per cent), compared with 28 per cent of the other white Irish population.
- Over eight out of ten Irish Travellers in the 25–44 age group and almost the same number in the 45–64 age group have not completed second- level education.
- 61 per cent of Travellers aged 25 to 44 years and 49 per cent of those aged 45 to 64 years are in the labour market, when we control for their level of education and other factors Travellers are less likely than other white Irish adults to be in the labour market.
- Figures from Census 2006 show that less than 1 per cent of Travellers aged 15 years or over have a third-level qualification
- only a further 4 per cent have completed upper secondary level and 16 per cent have lower secondary qualifications (Nolan and Maître, 2008).
Graphical depiction of the age distribution:
Does anybody else find these statistics frighteningly damning of Irish society and our ability to address travellers' disadvantage?
It seems to me that we are allowing an educational and a social famine to persist amongst a minority group which a large body of the Irish people feel detached from. I would be curious to explore what people think of these statistics, and why we think this is not more of a mainstream political issue?