Thursday, 8 July 2021

Questions (273)

Steven Matthews

Question:

273. Deputy Steven Matthews asked the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth if his attention has been drawn to the work of a group (details supplied); if he will consider meeting with the group in order to show solidarity with its work; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36688/21]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

Thank you Deputy for your question, and drawing my attention to the work of Bray for Love of which I was aware. I wish to commend Bray for Love on the work they are carrying out, and I would be delighted to meet with them.

As the Deputy is aware, I published the Interim Report of the Anti-Racism Committee back in April.

The Anti-Racism Committee is an independent Committee established by Government in 2020 to draw up a National Action Plan Against Racism (NAPAR) for Ireland. This is in line with the commitment contained within the Programme for Government to publish a new NAPAR. The work of the Committee will help to strengthen the Government’s approach to combatting individual and institutional racism and will build on the anti-racism actions included in the Migrant Integration Strategy (MIS) and the National Traveller and Roma Inclusion Strategy (NTRIS).

The Committee is coming to the end of its Public Consultation (21 April to 14 July 2021), and later this year the Committee will recommend its NAPAR to me.

The Deputy can access the Interim Report and the Public Consultation at www.gov.ie/en/press-release/c9325-minister-ogorman-publishes-interim-report-of-independent-anti-racism-committee-and-welcomes-the-launch-of-the-committees-public-consultation/