Hate crime legislation needed ‘as matter of urgency’

Review under way as State one of minority of EU nations that does not have law on issue

Some 245 reports of racist crimes were made through the State’s tracking system, the European Network Against Racism (Enar), between July-December 2016. File photograph: Frank Miller

Some 245 reports of racist crimes were made through the State’s tracking system, the European Network Against Racism (Enar), between July-December 2016. File photograph: Frank Miller

Legislation used to deal with hate crime in the Republic is “wholly inadequate” and must be replaced to meet the needs of people being attacked because of their identity, it has been claimed.

Experts in hate crime and victims of homophobic and racist crimes appeared before the Oireachtas on Thursday morning calling for the introduction of hate crime legislation “as a matter of urgency”. The newly formed National Steering Group Against Hate Crime joined Fianna Fáil TD Fiona O’Loughlin in presenting a Private Members’ Bill calling for all political parties to support the introduction of the law.

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