Minister has no plans to amend racism legislation

Minister Alan Shatter TD has said he has no plans to amend legislation regarding racism in Ireland.  He was responding to an a campaign calling for racism to be an aggravating factor in crime and to reports that racism is under reported.He said: ‘it would be very difficult to justify legislative provision for racially aggravated sentencing without introducing similar measures to deal with crimes possibly numerically greater and just as reprehensible against other vulnerable groups, for example children and the elderly.  In all the circumstances, I have no plans at present, for statutory guidelines for the purpose of racially aggravated sentencing’Transcript of debate: Accounts of recent convictionsDublin 2010 2010 2011 2011 2012 2012 2012 statistics on racially motivated offences are available at thispage of our website Racism the Red Card also keep reports on racist incidences whether they involve a criminal element or not.  Check     

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