Roma Health

People who identify as Roma are part of a minority ethnic group. This group originated in Northwest India, but have lived for centuries mainly in eastern and central Europe. The Council of Europe estimates that there are 10-12 million Roma in Europe, constituting the largest minority group in the EU.

Although Roma communities share similar cultural practices, language and history, they cannot be seen as a homogenous group. For centuries, Roma have fled violence and persecution in many countries in Western and Central Europe. Today, many Roma have experienced social exclusion, discrimination, forced evictions and expulsions from their country of origin.

The census of 2022 indicates that there are at least 16,059 Roma individuals living in Ireland. Many experience disadvantages in accessing education, health services and employment and experience racism and gender inequality.

Working in Partnership

We work in partnership with other HSE services, other statutory agencies and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), including organisations such as Pavee Point Traveller and Roma Centre, Cairde to improve the health status of members of the Roma community.

Ireland's National Traveller and Roma Inclusion Strategy 2017-2021 is particularly relevant to ongoing work, as are the recommendations from the EU about effective Roma integration measures.

Steering Group

We are also represented on the National Traveller/Roma Inclusion Steering Group, which was set up by the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth.

A consultation process to develop a new National Traveller and Roma Inclusion Strategy is underway. It is led by the Traveller Policy Unit in the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth.

Resources and Access to Information

National Roma Infoline  087 126 4606 supports Roma with a variety of health queries. The infoline is a national service. The operators speak English, Romanian and Romani. includes maternal healthcare information, frequently asked questions and useful contacts. The website is available in English, Czech, Romanian and Slovak. provides a range of translated and easy read resources for staff working with migrants including Roma. contains healthcare information videos in 17 languages including Roma languages. 

Free GP clinics are available to Roma in various locations nationally and information on the clinics is available on in English, Romanian, Czech and Slovak. contains translated information on vaccines in different languages including several Roma specific resources (Video, Posters, Leaflets).

Presentations from the National Vaccination Webinar for Roma Health Service Providers and Staff held 15th May 2024: