Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Questions (530)

Bernard Durkan


530. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth the ongoing efforts to combat racism by way of speech, electronic communication or otherwise; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7153/21]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

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.