Fianna Fáil Junior Spokesperson on Equality, Immigration and Integration, Fiona O’Loughlin TD, has called on people to engage with the ‘Show Racism the Red Card’ campaign. Speaking ahead of the third annual ‘Wear Red Day’ on Friday November 23rd, Deputy O’Loughlin said “Racism and hate crimes have no place in our modern society and we must demonstrate our intolerance to racism.
“The Fianna Fáil Party have been consistent in attempting to tackle this discrimination. I have co-sponsored a Bill, the Criminal Justice (Aggravation by Prejudice) Bill, which is before the Dáil, and provides that the courts must consider an offender’s prejudice, if it is deemed that an offence was aggravated by prejudice relating to colour, ethnic origin, disability, sexual orientation or transgender. The court will then take this into account when determining the sentence.
“Schools, councils, sports clubs and trade unions along with some prominent buildings such as the Mansion House, Liberty Hall and the Spanish Arch, will all ‘Go Red’ on Friday to make a stand against Racism. I would encourage everyone to get behind this campaign and stamp out the harm of hate,” concluded Deputy O’Loughlin.