Traveller Equality and Justice Project Partners

The Consortium is made up of UCC Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights as the coordinator (UCC) and the FLAC (Free Legal Advice Centre) as the beneficiary. This unique partnership between a Law School and Ireland’s premier Free Legal Advice Centre creates a strong and inclusive approach to the issues, through legal service provision from experienced lawyers and robust academic research creation by key experts in the field of Traveller rights. 

The CCJHR, UCC is an established research centre based in UCC's Law School with a focus on teaching, research and advocacy on criminal justice and human rights issues. It has been at the forefront of research relating to social justice and human rights and has an established track record in working with the Traveller community in Munster. It has previously worked on a project funded by the Irish Research Council through which academic and research staff have provided small discrimination workshops for Traveller groups and have been asked to submit to public consultations on Traveller rights for the Oireachtas and Local Authorities. This groundwork forms the starting point for the TEJP project. In addition, the members of the CCJHR, UCC bring extensive experience of carrying out high quality impactful and community orientated research as well as delivering training, event planning and social media dissemination. 

FLAC is a human rights organisation which promotes equal access to justice for all. It has a well-established track record of providing legal supports to the Traveller community through targeted legal clinics. It brings legal practice expertise along with extensive understanding of the key legal institutions, practitioners and practice barriers. It also has extensive expertise in providing legal training, report writing, policy development and event planning. 

The two partners bring together a shared commitment to developing access to justice supports for the Traveller community. FLAC is based in Dublin and has, to date, carried out many of its key interventions in the capital, including through involvement with JUSTROM 1 in Tallaght. TEJP seeks to develop a platform for extending those supports to the Munster region of Ireland where there has a marked gap in legal supports of this kind. UCC has developed a strong relationship with Traveller community groups in Munster but does not have the legal practice experience and networks to develop a panel of lawyers who could provide expert legal experience. By combining these complimentary experiences, the project partnership can achieve effective and sustainable interventions to support Travellers who, to date, are largely excluded from the anti-discrimination legal system. 

FLAC will therefore provide legal expertise in relation to specific cases, legal and community training and building capacity for the development of a panel of pro-bono lawyers who can provide legal services for Travellers in Munster. UCC will provide legal research, community engagement, training and dissemination experience to the project. 

The UCC Staff (Core Team):  

FLAC staff:  

  • Eilis Barry BL, Chief Executive, FLAC  
  • Sinead Lucey (solicitor)  
  • Chris McCann (solicitor)  

Traveller Equality and Justice Project

Partner Organisations