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IRISH TRAVELLERS MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS

Irish Travellers suffer some of the worst discrimination and poverty of any ethnic group in Europe, according to European Union research.


Members of the community have said it is causing a mental health crisis in their home country.


In Ireland, 11% die by suicide and life expectancy is up to 15 years shorter than the wider population.


Rose Marie Maughan works with the Irish Travellers Movement, a national network of over 40 organisations.


"Our suicide rate is seven times higher than non-travellers," she said.


"Only 3% of us live past the age of 65 and 80% of us are unemployed.


"If that was any other community in Ireland, there would be international attention."


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