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Focál Up!

with Stephen Meyler

Water Cooler Chatter ‘Celebrity’ Big Brother

Anyone watching this year’s Celebrity Big Brother – well, the first CBB of the year (there will be another one in September) – will be aware of that issues of sexual and gender identity have been at the forefront of the contestant’s minds.

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At a low estimate, there are approximately 500 LGBT+ Roma people living in this country, yet not one has come forward to the organisations that support Travellers and Roma people. This invisibility is rooted in the overall challenges Roma people face in Ireland, as Chris O’Donnell reports
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