Organizations Seeking To Improve Wellbeing Of The Tipperary Roma Community

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L-R Marie Boyle (General Manager/Social Inclusion, HSE Mid West), Suzanne Nolan (HSE/South East Community Healthcare Regional Roma Health) and Sandra Broderick (Regional Executive Officer, HSE Mid West).

A number of organisations are working together with a view to improving the health and wellbeing of the Roma community in Co. Tipperary. The HSE, Tipperary County Council and Youth Work Ireland Tipperary have launched a Needs Assessment, in addition to a Report on a Health and Accommodation pilot project in respect of the Roma community in the county.

The project linked with just over 300 people of the Roma community who are living in Co. Tipperary (about 200 of whom are in the South Tipperary area), with the estimated Roma population throughout the county being some 700.

Access to adequate accommodation is of particular concern and is identified as the single biggest issue. The report found higher levels of employment among the Roma in comparison to data from the 2018 report but says unemployment levels are nonetheless high.  

The report was launched at the Ballykisteen Hotel, Limerick Junction.