Sinn Féin spokesperson for the Arts, Youth Affairs and LGBTQI rights, Senator Fintan Warfield has welcomed a comparative report published today by the Irish Council for Civil Liberties entitled ‘Lifecycle of Hate Crime’ that highlights the fact that the state is falling behind our European counterparts, in terms of protecting vulnerable communities from crimes motivated by prejudice.

Senator Warfield said:

“The state is the only western European jurisdiction without standard hate crime legislation. This means, in reality, we have no way of bringing specified charges against individuals who target minorities with racist, homophobic or bigoted biases. 

“This brings with it, a lack of broad statistics or analysis on hate crime, a means of dealing with it on a policing level or rehabilitative measures or restorative justice responses.

“This report has laid out, in a succinct fashion, that the state is failing our vulnerable communities, the longer we lack robust hate crime legislation.

“This report should act as yet another wake-up call following a lengthy period of government inaction on this issue.”