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To: Minister for Justice

Love Not Hate: Unite to legislate against hate crime

We are calling for the government to enact hate crime legislation immediately, to offer the best protection to people from affected groups in Ireland. We want to help break the silence on hate crime, encourage people to report racist and other prejudicial violations and to find effective ways to address them.

Why is this important?

Ireland, unlike most other EU countries, has no hate crime legislation.

The YES Equality campaign was an amazing show of public support for equality in Ireland. We want our government to take the next step, and protect those among us who are perceived to be different because of our skin colour, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical, intellectual, mental abilities, neurodiversity and so on. We need to send a clear message that racism and hate have no place in our communities and that our society should be inclusive of all.

Please sign this petition to the Minister for Justice Helen MacEntee, who has the power to enact legislation to protect us all. Let’s make sure he feels the strong pressure from thousands of us to protect our families, friends, neighbours and colleagues. Help us send out a strong message that we want to live in a truly inclusive Republic which values all of our minorities and the integrity of our communities. Let's make sure there is no space for hate in our country.

How it will be delivered

The petition will be delivered to Helen McEntee, the Minister for Justice.


2021-03-10 12:12:48 +0000

We have just relaunched the campaign! See the press release here and watch the message from senator Eileen Flynn!

2021-03-05 17:16:55 +0000

We are re-launching the campaign on 10/03 with Senator Eileen Flynn!

The re-launch will help INAR, its allies, Members, civil society and YOU to participate in a discussion about the principles of the future Government Bill. It will also help to facilitate this discussion, keep the pressure on for legislation that will offer the best protection to the affected group.

See updates on the key developments here:

2020-11-24 18:30:18 +0000

The Government committed in June to introducing hate crime legislation within 12mths & said it would revise & update the 1989 Incitement to Hatred Act.The Dept of Justice has concluded its review of the Act based on public consultations & submissions. A report detailing these findings & research into hate crime legislation in 5 other jurisdictions is due to be released, we hope, by the end of Nov.
This report will set out the thinking in Justice which will go into the wording of a General Scheme of a Bill which we anticipate the government will publish & bring to the Oireachtas Justice Committee in the 1st quarter of 2021. This process will lead to the drafting of a Government Bill.
As civil society orgs, INAR & its allies in the Coalition Against Hate Crime (CAHC) are looking forward to the publication of the report to begin the discussion about the principles & thinking which will inform the framing of the Government Bill.

2019-11-20 17:31:05 +0000

Last week we reached 10000 signatures! Please keep signing and sharing! Help us reach 20000 by asking a friend to sign. We must keep the pressure up!

2019-11-10 08:52:49 +0000

10,000 signatures reached

2019-10-07 15:41:49 +0100

We reached 9000 signatures over the weekend! Thank you for all your support.

2019-09-28 13:51:19 +0100

We have just crossed 8,500 signatures! Thank you so much for your support for our call! Let's keep the pressure on! Please share this petition with your friends! Let's get 10,000 signatures!

2016-08-13 08:13:09 +0100

5,000 signatures reached

2016-05-18 15:06:06 +0100

Fantastic news! Our ‪#‎LoveNotHate‬ petition has just reached a milestone of 4000 signatures supporting the call for hate crime legislation in Ireland!
A massive THANK YOU to all of you who has signed it already and those who helped to reach so many people! Can you help us get 5000? Together we can do it! The more signatures we have the bigger pressure we can put on the Minister for Justice. It's time to stop pretending that hate crime is not a problem in Ireland.
Please share the petition with your friends & family now on social media or by email: Thank you!

PS. We will announce a new hand in day soon!

2016-02-10 17:04:37 +0000

Dear Supporters, we have decided to move the date of the hand-in of the petition to March, when we will know the new Minister for Justice and to make sure we get as much exposure as possible. We will announce the new date by the end of the week. Thank you for your support to date and please keep sharing this petition with your friends and family! Let's all stand for Love Not Hate!

2016-02-08 21:37:52 +0000

1,000 signatures reached

2016-02-02 14:02:23 +0000

500 signatures reached

2016-02-02 11:57:58 +0000

Thank you all so much for signing this petition and supporting our campaign! Have you see our Love Not Hate video? Here it is: . Enjoy and please share!

2016-01-28 13:58:42 +0000

100 signatures reached

2016-01-25 22:39:37 +0000

50 signatures reached

2016-01-25 13:38:25 +0000

25 signatures reached

2016-01-25 12:31:03 +0000

We are launching the campaign on Thursday, 28th January at 10am in Wynn's Hotel, Abbey Street, Dublin 1. Are you coming? Register here:

2016-01-18 12:25:34 +0000

10 signatures reached