Accommodating Irish Travellers: The Public Policy Gap in Site Provision and Housing in Northern Ireland

Paul J. Maginn, Chris Paris, Paddy Gray

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    There has been limited academic analysis or debate on social policy and the accommodation of Irish Travellers in Northern Ireland. Available literature on this subject has mainly emanated from concerned Traveller lobbyists or supporters and has tended to claim that public policy has failed to respond to the accommodation and other needs of Irish Travellers. This paper argues that although site provision has been slow and incremental, due mainly to a policy gap, there has been relative and comparative success in providing accommodation for Irish Travellers within the existing administrative and legislative framework in Northern Ireland. Whilst accepting that problems in site provision still persist, new initiatives to reduce the policy gap are suggested and which offer greater flexibility and choice leading ultimately to increased accommodation provision.
    Original languageUndefined/Unknown
    Pages (from-to)525-545
    JournalHousing Studies
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 1999

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