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No decision yet on THAC despite eight-month time lapse after DoH review

However, its role may well be taken up by the National Traveller and Roma Inclusion Strategy Steering Group, which was recently established by the Department of Justice and Equality.

The Medical Independent (MI) reported in June last year that a review of the future of the THAC had been presented to former Minister for Health James Reilly and subsequently was with Minister Leo Varadkar.

However, no decision has yet been made, a Department of Health spokesperson told MI this week. The THAC last met on 25 September 2012, approximately 30 months ago.

“The future role and structure of the THAC is currently under consideration following completion of the review,” the spokesperson explained.

“The future of the THAC is being considered in light of the THAC Report, the establishment of Healthy Ireland — A Framework for Improved Health and Wellbeing 2013-2025 and the recent establishment of the National Traveller and Roma Inclusion Strategy Steering Group by the Department of Justice and Equality.

“This Committee has been established to ensure a renewed emphasis is given across Government to making progress on implementing Ireland’s Traveller and Roma Inclusion Strategy. It will replace the National Traveller Monitoring and Advisory Committee (NTMAC) and the High-Level Group on Traveller Issues. The Department of Health and the HSE are represented on this group.

“The over-arching principles and structure of Healthy Ireland provide the required and appropriate platform through which the identified issues, as they relate to Traveller health, will be met.”

A spokesperson said there is no meeting scheduled at the moment and that there are no continuing costs associated with THAC.

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