Senator Eileen Flynn to deliver key note address at Traveller Movement conference

The Traveller Movement is very happy to announce that Senator Eileen Flynn, the first Irish Traveller ever to be elected to the Irish Seanad (senate) will deliver the key note address at our annual conference on the 12th of November. 

Born and raised in Dublin, Senator Flynn made history in June when she was elected to the Irish Senate, a move that was celebrated across the Irish political divide.  A mother of one, and a graduate of both Trinity College Dublin and Maynooth University, she has previously worked for the Irish Traveller Movement, the National Traveller Women’s Forum, and Ballyfermot Traveller Action Programme. She has campaigned across various equalities issues, including anti-racism, marriage equality and abortion rights. Senator Flynn stated her objectives in the Seanad will be "mental health services, unemployment among Travellers, opportunities for minority groups and getting hate-crime legislation enacted". The TM is delighted that Senator Flynn will join us to share her inspiring story. 

Other speakers at this year's conference include the chair of the Youth Justice Board, Keith Fraser, activist Luke Smith and Rom Belong programme coordinator, Chrissie Brown. Also joining us is Dr Omar Khan, formerly of Runnymede Trust and Director of newly established Centre for Transforming Access and Student Outcomes in Higher Education (TASO), as well as MP for Coventry South, Zarah Sultana, and Jennifer Moses, equalities lead with NASUWT, the Teachers’ Union.  

This year's conference takes place completely on line, with attendees joining from the comfort of their own homes.  

The four interactive workshops will take place in the afternoon, with virtual break out rooms and trained facilitators. 

Join us online for our most innovative and accessible conference to date. Book your tickets here 


CEO of the Traveller Movement Yvonne MacNamara said the following:  

We are delighted that Senator Eileen Flynn will deliver the key note address at this year's conference, and we hope that as many Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people as possible join us to celebrate this excellent achievement. 

It’s been a very challenging year for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people but it remains important that we keep campaigning, challenging and advancing the rights of GRT people in this country. We look forward to seeing you all – online – in November!!!   


Ticket information 

Tickets can be purchased through Traveller Movement’s online portal, with joining instructions to follow in the weeks leading up to the event.  

For Conference updates, follow us on social media here: Twitter, Facebook, and Linkedin  





Patricia Stapleton 

020 7607 2002 

Email address  


Notes to Editor 

* The Traveller Movement (TM) is a national community development policy and voice charity who campaign against discrimination, promote inclusion, participation and community engagement for the Irish Traveller and Gypsy communities in Britain. TM is proud to work in partnership with the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities together with service providers and policy makers across the UK to better promote social inclusion and community cohesion. 


For more information and to book tickets, please visit our website: