Implications of COVID-19 for Traveller & Roma transfer to and progression within Higher Education

Implications of COVID-19 for Traveller & Roma transfer to and progression within Higher Education

The Forum was organised by Pavee Point Traveller and Roma Centre and the National Traveller Women’s
Forum, in response to urgent COVID-19 concerns being expressed by Traveller and Roma students and parents and adult learners hoping to continue or commence third level education in Sept 2020. It consisted of opening and closing plenaries and six facilitated breakout sessions which provided opportunities for all to express their views. Read the full report here

Roma & access to social protection supports

Roma & access to social protection supports

The  EU Teixeira ruling means that the right of access to education also applies to the children of former migrant workers even if the parents cease to be workers at the start of the education of the child and that this right necessarily entails the Right of Residence within a member state for the children and the parents.  In addition, the Right of Residence is not subject to the condition of self sufficiency i.e. that the family have sufficient resources so as not to be a burden on the social welfare system in a country. 

This ruling is an important way of supporting Roma parents who have children attending school to access Social Protection payments

 

 

Clare artists create works for asylum seekers

Clare artists create works for asylum seekers

Pictured (left to right) are Innocent Iroaganachi, Nicholas Murwisi, Aung Marma and Godsway Kuffour receiving framed artworks from the artists on behalf of the men in Clare Lodge. Behind them is Rena Casey Lewis, representing Inis Artists, and Ana Colomer who painted several pieces and framed the pictures. Behind them are Sarah Ferrigan and Martin Vernon from Ennis Welcomes Everyone and Sean Farrelly. Photograph by Art O’Ruairc.

32 residents of Clare Lodge receive unique and uplifting pieces

Thirty-two residents of a Direct Provision centre in Ennis have received an unusual gift – unique artworks created for them by local artists. Several artists gathered at Harmony Row bridge in the town last week to present their artwork to the asylum seekers living at the Clare Lodge.

It was an idea by the Ennis Welcomes Everyone group to invite County Clare artists to produce a piece of art to be framed and given as a gift to each of the men living in Direct Provision.

The project was a huge success as 13 artists responded to the request for a “colourful and uplifting piece”. Each of the 32 men received a beautiful piece of artwork.

One of the asylum seekers, Godsway Kuffour, said: “I can tell from the artwork I received that the artists and all others who contributed had deep thoughts and affection about us. I lack words to appreciate them. I and many of my friends in the Clare Lodge are overwhelmed with the gifts of love and care that are being extended to us by individuals and organisations in Clare, especially the Ennis community.”

Another of the men, Nicholas Murwisi, said: “The portraits are beautiful and eye catching. I love mine and appreciate the thoughtfulness of the artists and the community, which is a gift on its own to us. I will always treasure it. Thank you very much.”

Alan Schoosmith of Inis Artists group, whose members contributed many of the pieces of art, said “We were delighted to support this worthy local cause”.

The artists involved were: Inge Bergmann, Rena Casey Lewis, Collette Dinan, Geraldine O’Leary, Tomás O’Maoldomhnaigh, Dominic McNamara, Eileen Quinn and Alan Schoosmith (all members of Inis Artists); Giulia Canevari, Ana Colomer, Ciara Malone, Mary Fealy McMahon and Katie Theasby.

Ennis Welcomes Everyone was set up in December 2019 to welcome and support the men who came to live in Direct Provision in Ennis in that month.

Martin Vernon of Ennis Welcomes Everyone said: “People living in Direct Provision are often isolated enough, and the Covid-19 virus lockdown has made things even harder for them. We just wanted to let them know that lots of people in County Clare are thinking of them and wishing them well. We are very pleased with the generous gesture of support from the local artists, and we hope that the men enjoy their pictures.

CLDC supporting those in need

CLDC supporting those in need

CLDC, in response to the Covid-19 crisis and the subsequent economic implications on communities, established a food bank of non-perishable products for families and individuals who are struggling to make ends meet.
CLDC’s Board of Management allocated a start-up fund to the initiative, SICAP assigned additional budget and we were delighted to receive donations from Ennis EBS, AIB Ennis, The Lions Club Ennis and Shannon Civil Defence as well as grant aid though the LCDC.
The food bank is strictly referral based with agencies such as Tusla, Schools, SCP, HSE, Clare Youth Service and Clarecare availing of the supports for their clients. We have also provided support to the residents in Direct Provision Centres, Homeless Hubs and temporary accommodation services. To date 135 families have received food and essential item boxes and we will continue to provide this much needed food for as long as we can.