Fianna Fáil Senator for Louth, Erin McGreehan, has welcomed the announcement by the Department of Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science of the roll-out of €300,000 in funding to support students from the Traveller community.
The funding is aimed at Traveller progression to and retention in higher education during the COVID-19 pandemic.
It can be used to support students with study spaces, health and social impacts, caring responsibilities or technology supports.
Senator McGreehan commented: “I hope this fund is used to unlock the potential of students from the Travelling community.
"Encouragement, supports and flexibility are needed to ensure access for students who come from a Travelling background.
“I would also suggest that there needs to be a follow on for the students who take up these courses to ensure that there is a huge effort in securing employment opportunities.
"Travellers can be a huge addition to our economy if there is an effort to facilitate it” concluded the Louth Senator.