Thursday 8 December 2016

We're such an egalitarian State, we don't need hate crime laws

Published 12/05/2016 | 02:30

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald said her department was reviewing hate crime legislation. Presumably, this review will be quite short because, alone in the Western world, we don't have any Photo: Steve Humphreys
Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald said her department was reviewing hate crime legislation. Presumably, this review will be quite short because, alone in the Western world, we don't have any Photo: Steve Humphreys

Under fire from the UN yesterday over the State's failure to adequately address racism, Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald said her department was reviewing hate crime legislation. Presumably, this review will be quite short because, alone in the Western world, we don't have any.

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Last year, it was reported there was a race hate attack every three hours in Northern Ireland. The staggering statistic was revealed by the PSNI, which assiduously logs the motivation behind crimes reported to it as a result of hate crime legislation introduced in 2004.

In contrast, according to the Central Statistics Office, just 53 crimes which identified a sectarian, anti-Semitic, racist or homophobic motive were recorded by gardaí in 2014 - one every week.

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