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Traveller health, housing

The Minister for Health, James Reilly told Finian McGrath (ind, Dublin NC) that the money spent on Traveller health units in 2011 was €10,456,230 (Dail Eireann, Debates, 11th July 2012, 567).  Funding for Traveller health had been reduced in recent years, as was the case elsewhere, but the 2012 HSE service plan had a new performance indicator to test new Traveller health initiatives (health awareness programmes and health screening).  Traveller health continued to be a priority area for him, with a Traveller Health Advisory Committee advising on policy at national leel and the National Traveller Health Advisory Forum which works closely with the HSE.  Two forum subgroups had been formed, focussing on primary care and chronic conditions.


Meantime, the Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government told the Dail that €5.67m had been allocated to capital works for Traveller accommodation in 2012, with €3.948m for current funding.  John Paul Phelan (FG, Carlow Kilkenny) and Joan Collins (PBP, Dublin SC) had asked for details of the €251.5m allocation for housing capital allocations announced in March.  The minister of state provided a table breaking down the allocation by each local authority (Dail Eireann, Debates, 17th July 2012, 370-1).