Minister of State for New Communities, Culture & Equality, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin TD is to chair a round-table discussion on legislating for Hate Crime in Ireland in the University of Limerick this afternoon.

Speaking in advance of the event, Minister Ó Ríordáin said: “I have been facilitating exploratory discussions with a number of organisations and lobby groups over the last three years on the possibility of introducing more robust legislation in the area of hate crime. I greatly welcome the opportunity to continue that discussion here today facilitated by the University of Limerick ‘Hate & Hostility Research Group’ and the Irish Council for Civil Liberties.”

“Events this week in Waterford expose once again the need for examination of legislation in this area. It is clear for example that the 1989 Prohibition of Incitement to Hatred Act is not fit for purpose. We need to strive to live in a Republic free from hate crime & prejudicial targeting because of one's ethnic background, sexual orientation, gender or disability. We need legislation to set the threshold of decency in that regard."

“I hope today we can identify some practical solutions to bring to government & to aid the ‘Hate & Hostility Research.”