I assumed responsibility for policy on anti-racism when the functions transferred to me from the Minister for Justice last October. The Anti-Racism Committee, chaired by Professor Caroline Fennell, is working on identifying the nature and prevalence of racism in Ireland and on the actions required by State and non-State actors to address racism. Its remit includes identifying ways in which racism in speech and electronic communication can be combatted. Its work will culminate in a draft national action plan against racism for the consideration of Government. It has prepared an interim report which I will shortly bring to Government. Separately, the Minister for Justice is examining the steps needed, including in legislation, to tackle hate crime.