Shameful attacks on asylum seekers in Dublin

15 May 2023

Labour justice spokesperson Aodhán Ó Ríordáin has condemned attacks on asylum seekers over the weekend.

Deputy Ó Ríordáin said:

“What we saw over the weekend was appalling. To see a small number of far-right activist take the actions they did was nothing short of outrageous. All these people living in tents want is to work, have somewhere to live and be a part of the community.

“It is a shame that Labour leader Ivana Bacik’s repeated calls for action went unheard. It’s time for all political leaders to come from a common front to face down this poison. Indeed, it reenforces Labour’s support for the Hate Crime legislation currently making its way through the Oireachtas.

“Ireland has extended a strong Cead Míle Fáilte to all those seeking asylum in our country. The events of the weekend represent a small number of people attempted to sow hate and fear, but they will not be successful.

“There are huge systemic issues in managing people seeking international protection in Ireland. The Labour Party previously called for the appointment of a Special Minister of State with Responsibility for Housing Refugees and those seeking international protection to ensure everyone arriving here would have access to housing, information, jobs and support.

“We cannot see a repeat of what happened over the weekend. I understand that Garda resources are being deployed to prevent such attacks. We support this and call on all members of the Oireachtas to support the Hate Crime Legislation that is currently in progress to ensure tougher sanctions for those who commit such disgusting crimes as we witnessed this weekend.”

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