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Tackling racism in Ireland

Check out some of the organisations in Ireland trying to eliminate racism.

Written by Tricia Purcell | View this authors Twitter page and posted in news

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March 21st is the International day for the elimination of racial discrimination. Saturday will see a rally take place from the Garden of Remembrance to Central Bank at 1pm.

This day was created by the UN after police opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration in Sharpeville, South Africa, against the apartheid "pass laws" in 1960. And while that was over 50 years ago, efforts to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination continue on today.

There are a lot of great places and people in Ireland working on the elimination of racism. Find out more about them below.

ENAR Ireland (The Irish Network Against Racism) is a national network of anti-racism NGOs, which aims to work collectively to highlight and address racism in Ireland. They monitor where you can report incidents of a racist nature confidentially.

The Immigrant Council of Ireland is a human rights organisation and law centre, which advocates for the rights of migrants, their families and loved ones. They respond to 120 racist incidents a year, but they believe the problem is much wider with under-reporting being a major barrier.

You can report a racist Incident by emailing or by calling 01 6740200.


Check out this cool animation on the way we treat others.

Show Racism the Red Card is an anti-racist charity that aims to produce anti-racist educational resources, which harness the high profile of professional footballers to combat racism.

Sport Against Racism Ireland promote social inclusion and positive integration through sport. They often have sporting and cultural events that bring people from different cultures and backgrounds together.

The No Hate Speech Movement is a European campaign to reduce hate speech online, including those that most affect young people, such as forms of cyber-bullying and cyber-hate.

Pavee Point  work on the rights and equality of the Traveller and Roma communities in Ireland. 

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Published March 21st, 2014
Last updated October 19th, 2015
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