Senator Eileen Flynn to deliver key note address at Traveller Movement conference

20 October 2020
Eileen Flynn

The keynote speech at this year's Traveller Movement Conference on the 12th November will be given Senator Eileen Flynn, the first Irish Traveller ever to be elected to the Irish Seanad (senate) 

Born and raised in Dublin, Senator Flynn made history in June when she was elected to the Irish Senate, a move that was celebrated across the Irish political divide. Senator Flynn stated her objectives in the Seanad will be "mental health services, unemployment among Travellers, opportunities for minority groups and getting hate-crime legislation enacted"

CEO of the Traveller Movement Yvonne MacNamara said "We are delighted that Senator Eileen Flynn will deliver the key note address at this year's conference, and we hope that as many Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people as possible join us to celebrate this excellent achievement." 

This year's conference takes place completely on line, with attendees joining from the comfort of their own homes and other speakers include the chair of the Youth Justice Board, Keith Fraser, activist Luke Smith and Rom Belong programme coordinator, Chrissie Brown. Also joining us is Dr Omar Khan, formerly of Runnymede Trust and Director of newly established Centre for Transforming Access and Student Outcomes in Higher Education (TASO), as well as MP for Coventry South, Zarah Sultana, and Jennifer Moses, equalities lead with NASUWT, the Teachers’ Union.  

Their will be four interactive workshops in the afternoon, with virtual 'break out ' rooms and trained facilitators. 

It’s been a very challenging year for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people but it remains important that we keep campaigning, challenging and advancing the rights of GRT people in this country. So join Traveller Movement for the event of the year for their most innovative and accessible conference  to date. Book your tickets here 

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