STSG - Sligo Traveller Support Group

Racism and Equality Laws

Racism is a growing problem in Ireland which needs to be addressed; however, Irish society is reluctant to acknowledge it. Travellers experience racism in every aspect of their lives, by experiencing social, economic, political, and cultural exclusion.


What is Discrimination?

Discrimination is defined as less favourable treatment. A person is said to be discriminated against if he or she is treated less favourably than another is, has been or would be treated in a comparable situation on any of the nine grounds. The nine grounds of discrimination are as follows:

What is Indirect Discrimination?

Indirect Discrimination occurs when practises or policies that do not appear discriminate against one group more than another actually do have a discriminatory impact.

What is Racism? 

Racism is a specific form of discrimination usually based on skin colour or membership of a minority ethnic group. It is a system of group dominance. It involves processes and practises of exclusion, oppression and marginalisation, as well as stereotypes and symbols required by these structures and processes.


Source: Citizens Information Board

The Equality Authority 

The Equality Authority is an independent State body set up to ensure that all people in the country are treated equally and to ensure that discrimination on certain grounds does not occur. They work under the Equality Acts 1998 – 2011 and Equal status Acts 2000– 2011. The Equality Authority provides information to the public on the equality legislation. It can, at its discretion, provide legal assistance to people who wish to bring claims of unlawful discrimination.
Complaints under the Employment Equality Acts 1998 – 2011 can be made on

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