31 See IHRC Submission of the Irish Human Rights Commission to the UN Committee

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31 See IHRC, Submission of the Irish Human Rights Commission to the UN Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination in respect of Ireland’s First National Report under the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination, (2005) at p.56-61. 32 Concluding Comments of the Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination on Ireland’s Initial and Second Periodic Reports, CERD/C/IRL/CO/2, para.20. 33 Report of the Visit of Co-ordinator on Follow-up to Ireland, CERD/C/69/Misc.9, para. 16. 9
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The CERD Committee recommended that the State intensify its efforts to fully implement the recommendations of the Task Force on the Traveller Community. 34 The Committee also recommended that all necessary measures be urgently taken to improve access by Travellers to all levels of education, their employment rates, access to health services and access to accommodation suitable to their lifestyle. The IHRC requests the Government to provide in its periodic report information on progress made in the implementation of the recommendations of the Task Force on the Travelling Community. The IHRC requests the Government to provide in its periodic report information as to what enforcement mechanisms are in place to ensure the delivery of appropriate accommodation for Traveller families. c. Representation in Decision-making Roles The CERD Committee referred to the lack of Traveller representation in the State party’s political institutions and stated that the Travelling community do not effectively participate in the conduct of public affairs. 35 The IHRC requests the Government to provide in its periodic report information on what measures were taken by the political parties, prior to the General Election, to increase the number of Traveller candidates. The IHRC requests the Government to provide in its periodic report information on what measures have been taken to address the barriers inhibiting progress on the representation of members of the Travelling community in decision-making positions. Finally, the IHRC requests the Government to provide all information in relation to Travellers in the main body of its periodic report, and not in an annex to the report. 9. Women The CERD Committee encouraged the State to take measures with regard to the special needs of women belonging to minority and other vulnerable groups, in particular female Travellers, migrants, refugees and asylum seekers. 36 In addition, the Follow-up Co-ordinator regretted that multiple discrimination is not addressed comprehensively in the National Women’s Strategy. 37 The Follow-up Co-ordinator stated that multiple discrimination must be recognised in the strategy so as to address the barriers to the integration of female Travellers and other ethnic minorities. An examination of the special needs of this vulnerable group must also be carried out. 34 Concluding Comments of the Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination on Ireland’s Initial and Second Periodic Reports, CERD/C/IRL/CO/2, para.21. 35 Concluding Comments of the Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination on Ireland’s Initial and Second Periodic Reports, CERD/C/IRL/CO/2, para.22. 36
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