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Local, national and European research has identified significant levels of racism in Ireland. However, reporting of racism is extremely low and Irish law does not define racist or related hate offences as specific offences. Racism is a serious, widespread and urgent issue in Ireland. We promote reporting and recording by encouraging anyone affected by any form of racism or discrimination to make a formal complaint to the Gardaí, utilising a third-party reporting mechanism and offering advice, information and support.

Report Racism

If you have witnessed or experienced racism, we can support you to report the incident to the relevant authorities and through online mechanisms. See here for more information.

Racism in Limerick

Doras Luimní research on the prevalence of racism and discrimination highlighted that 80% of our service-users in Limerick had experienced racism more than once. Download the full report here: Treated Differently

Irish Network Against Racism (ENAR Ireland)

At the national level we are campaigning for improved structures, policies and laws. We coordinate with other organisations around the country as members of the Irish Network Against Racism (ENAR Ireland). We support the ENAR Ireland campaign calling for the introduction of Hate crime legislation in Ireland by enacting the Criminal Law (Hate Crime) Bill. Enacting this legislation send a strong message of support to our ethnic minority communities and would help Ireland to meet its EU and international obligations.

For more information on the #Love Not Hate campaign, visit
To show your support for the campaign, sign the petition.

European research on Racism in Ireland

  • The European Commission Against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) has urged Ireland to strengthen protections against racism and racial discrimination. It’s most recent Report on Ireland details the steps needed to achieve this, including raising awareness about how to racist incidents, improved measures for monitoring and combating discrimination in employment, the establishment of an independent authority to deal with cases of discrimination in the provision of goods and services, and ratification of Protocol No. 12 to the European Convention on Human Rights on the general prohibition of discrimination.
  • The EU-MIDIS Report Minorities as Victims of Crime found that 26% of the Sub-Saharan Africans surveyed in Ireland reported that they had experienced at least one incident of assault, threat or serious harassment with a perceived racial motivation in the previous 12 months. These findings are supported Irish data which found that people from non-White ethnic backgrounds experienced the highest rates of discrimination at 29% of those surveyed.
  • Issues around reporting and recording of racist incidents are addressed in Making Hate Crimes Visible in the European Union: Acknowledging Victims’ Rights, a report by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights.


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