Tipperary County Council is committed to meeting the housing needs of members of the Travelling Community throughout Tipperary. The Housing (Traveller Accommodation) Act 1998 requires that each housing authority adopts a Traveller Accommodation Programme for its functional area. The Traveller Accommodation Programme outlines the accommodation requirements of the Travelling Community over a five year period. In order to achieve this objective Tipperary County Council has adopted a Traveller Accommodation Programme for the period 2019-2024. This Programme and its implementation underline the commitment of the County Council to meet the housing needs of members of the Travelling Community throughout the county.
In preparing the Programme for 2019 – 2024, Tipperary County Council undertook a consultation process with interested parties through fora such as the Local Traveller Accommodation Consultative Committees and Housing Strategic Policy Committees. The views of Members of the Council and relevant bodies such as Statutory Agencies, adjoining Local Authorities, and interested community, voluntary and non-profit bodies were also considered. By way of advertisements in the local press, written submissions were sought from members of the public and any other groups that might wish to make a contribution towards the preparation of the Programme.
Since the last Programme the Travelling Community was officially recognised by the Irish State as an ethnic minority in March 2017.
The Annual Count of Traveller Families at 30th November 2018 identified 375 Traveller Households in Tipperary. 179 families were living in standard local authority lettings with 30 families living on serviced halting sites. 27 families were living in Group Housing Schemes and 31 families were living on unauthorised sites.