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Webinar: ‘How to Tackle Hate Crime and Protect Our People’ in partnership with INAR 

Dublin Lord Mayor Hosts Hate Crime Event as New Data Shows Racist Incidents Reaches Record High in 2020  

‘How to Tackle Hate Crime and Protect Our People’ is in partnership with INAR 

The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Hazel Chu, in partnership with the Irish Network Against Racism, cordially invites you to attend a free webinar this Friday, March 26th 2021 entitled ‘How to Tackle Hate Crime and Protect Our People?’ 

This two-part virtual event will highlight the issue of hate crime, the forthcoming hate crime legislation and supports available to victims.  

It comes as INAR (Irish Network Against Racism) published new data showing its racist incident reporting system recorded a record high 700 racist incidents in Ireland in 2020.  

“I have been the victim of racial abuse and know all too well the hurt and terror hate crime can cause to victims and their families,” said Lord Mayor of Dublin, Hazel Chu. “Ireland currently does not have any specific legislation to deal with hate crime. At the moment, the only legislation in Ireland that deals with hate-based offences is the Prohibition of Incitement to Hatred Act 1989.  Thankfully, this will soon change, as the Department of Justice is due to publish a new Hate Crime Bill later this year. I hope this webinar will offer victims and those supporting them, the opportunity to hear more about this new legislation and the support services available. We must tackle Hate Crime once and for all. I hope this webinar will give a voice to all those seeking this positive change,” she added.  

The Department of Justice conducted a review of the current legislation last year and published a report recommending that a new Hate Crime Bill would be developed. This new legislation will deal with both incitement to hatred and hate crime.  

Many organisations, including the Irish Network Against Racism (INAR) are calling for the best legislative protections to be put in place for all the affected groups from the harms caused by violence and other crimes directed at their identities. 

Morning Webinar (10am – 12pm) 

The morning session will focus on the new legislation and what it may mean for victims of Hate Crime in the future in Ireland.  

 Speakers include:  

  • Dublin Lord Mayor Hazel Chu 
  • Anastasia Crickley (Panel Chair), Former Chairperson UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination 
  • Ciara Carberry, Principal Officer, Department of Justice & Equality 
  • Dr Seamus Taylor, Head of Applied Social Studies and Lecturer in Social Policy, Maynooth University 
  • Baljit Ubhey, Director of Policy and Strategy at the Crown Prosecution Service for England and Wales. Baljit was previously the Chief Prosecutor for London. Responsible for Hate Crime Prosecution Policy across all of England and Wales 
  • Doireann Ansbro, Senior Researcher and Policy Officer at Irish Council for Civil Liberties 
  • Oein de Bhairduin, Traveller Activist, author and Board of INAR  
  • Bashir Utukoya, Assistant Professor in Advanced European Union Law at the School of Law and Government of Dublin City University 
  • Peter Kearns, Independent Living Movement Ireland 

Afternoon Webinar (2pm – 4pm) 

The afternoon session will focus on the impact of hate crime on victims and supports available. 

Speakers include:  

  • Dublin Lord Mayor Hazel Chu, (Panel Chair)  
  • Assistant Garda Commissioner Paula Hilman – Changes in Hate Crime and Diversity Practice 
  • Sgt Geraldine Greene and Sgt Dermot Delaney, Garda National Diversity and Integration Unit 
    – Pulse, new trainings, hate crime reporting, hate crime definition, third party reporting, Garda online hate crime/hate incident reporting system 
  • Dr Lucy Michael, co-author with INAR (Irish Network Against Racism) of racist incident reporting system used to map racism in Ireland 
  • Aga Wiesyk, Communications and Membership Development Officer in the Irish Network Against Racism 
  • Valeria Aquino, Integration Officer, Immigrant Council of Ireland  

To register for the morning webinar, click here: 

To register for the afternoon webinar, click here: 

This event will take place via the platform, Zoom. For optimum viewing, please download zoom to your device. If you have a question in relation to this event, please email:  

Join the discussion on social media, using the hashtags #LoveNotHate and #TogetherAgainstRacism