CLM made a submission to the Joint Oireachtas on Education and Skills in relation to the use of reduced timetables in schools, and were delighted to be invited to speak at the Committee meeting held on the 4th of July. We highlighted the damage reduced timetables cause as an informal method of school exclusion, a practice which operates outside of the formal school suspension system and the safeguards (such as the right to appeal) contained within that system. We also highlighted how the practice disproportionately affects vulnerable groups such as children with disabilities and members of the Travelling community, and how it contributes to the high rates of non-school completion among groups at a socio-economic disadvantage.
CLM welcomed the opportunity to make a submission to the Seanad Public Consultation Committee on Travellers, post ethnic recognition in Ireland on ‘Travellers Towards a more equitable Ireland post recognition.’ This submission relates to the theme of ‘Dialogue and Traveller Social Inclusion’ with a particular focus on Traveller accommodation, as our engagement with communities through our outreach clinics has highlighted to us the issues that Travellers experience in the area of accommodation and in particular, issues related to the Caravan Loan Scheme.
CLM welcomed the opportunity to make a submission to the Courts Service in relation to the consultation process on its Digitally-Enabled Long-Term Strategy. CLM took the opportunity to recommend that the Service is fully accessible to persons with intellectual disabilities in vindication of their rights, particularly in view of the increased obligations introduced by the United Nations Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities which comes into force on 19th April 2019.