Mercy Law Resource Centre is delighted to announce solicitor David Joyce’s appointment to the Traveller Accommodation Expert Working Group. The working group has been established as part of the Rebuilding Ireland initiative, the aim of which is to undertake an ‘independent review of capital and current funding for Traveller-specific accommodation.’ The expert group will be reviewing the Traveller Accommodation Act 1998 and legislation that relates to the provision and delivery of accommodation for travellers. The working group will be operating within the context of the Travelling community gaining recognition as an ethnic minority in 2017, and will be looking at national and international models of best practice for provision of accommodation for nomadic families. David is joined by Professor Michelle Norris, Head of Social Policy at UCD and Dr Conor Norton, Head of School at DIT and has been appointed Chairperson of the group.
David has previously engaged in similar roles as a member of the European Roma Rights Centre, the National Consultative Committee on Racism and Inter-culturalism, the Bar Council of Ireland, as an executive of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties and with the National Economic and Social Forum. This is in addition to his work as a Commissioner with the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission and as a member of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency.
David has been a solicitor with Mercy Law Resource Centre since July 2017. He was called to the Bar in 2005. David practiced as a barrister for 8 years and subsequently qualified as a solicitor. We wish David every success with his work on the expert group. We are delighted to be able to draw on David’s expertise, particularly in relation to Traveller accommodation issues, in his continued work here at Mercy Law Resource Centre.