Hate crimes

Consultation on strengthening hate crime laws launched

A consultation paper on strengthening Northern Ireland's hate crime laws has been launched.

Published 8 January 2020

New hate speech offences should be introduced, watchdog says

New hate speech offences should be introduced to strengthen community cohesion in Ireland, the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) has said.

Published 19 December 2019

Hate speech consultation to close on Friday

A public consultation on proposed changes to Ireland's hate speech laws will close on Friday.

Published 10 December 2019

Hate crime motivation 'becomes invisible' at stages of Irish criminal justice process

Judicial discretion in sentencing does not effectively deal with hate crime because the hate motivation "is prone to becoming invisible at various stages of the criminal justice process", Ireland's human rights watchdog has warned.

Published 28 November 2019

Consultation on new hate speech laws launched

Ministers have launched a public consultation on proposed changes to Ireland's hate speech laws.

Published 24 October 2019

An Garda Síochána yet to address concerns over hate crime recording

An Garda Síochána has yet to address concerns raised last year over its recording of hate crimes, the Central Statistics Office (CSO) has warned.

Published 26 August 2019

Hate crimes reported to prosecutors up six per cent

The number of suspected hate crimes referred to prosecutors in Northern Ireland increased by six per cent in the past year, according to new figures.

Published 19 August 2019

Head of Immigrant Council reiterates call for hate crime legislation

The head of the Immigrant Council of Ireland has reiterated a call for the introduction of hate crime legislation to tackle racism in Ireland.

Published 13 August 2019

Judge Marrinan appointed to lead independent review of hate crime legislation

Judge Desmond Marrinan has been appointed by the Department of Justice to lead an independent review of Northern Ireland's hate crime laws.

Published 6 June 2019