The Traveller Community is now recognised as a separate ethnic group by the Irish State, in what has been hailed as a "historic" decision.
The announcement was made today and has been welcomed by groups including Pavee Point, who said the move marked a new positive starting point in relations between Travellers and the majority population.
"This announcement shines a light on Travellers' rich distinct history and culture, and sends out a message of respect and inclusion,"said Martin Collins, Pavee Point Director.
"It also lays to rest notions that Travellers are a primitive, dysfunctional, failed settled people who originated from the Famine and who just need to be normalised and civilised by the State."
Really great news today about #TravellerEthnicity. This will make a big difference over time.
— Deirdre OShaughnessy (@deshocks) March 1, 2017
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